Top 10 Healthcare IT Innovators For 2012
September 12, 2012 12:01 AM Among 10 IT teams transforming parts of the U.S. healthcare system, you'll find important lessons in innovation and persistence.
Intermountain Life Flight provides air transport services to hospitals and emergency departments in the Intermountain West. Their helicopters and airplanes are mobile intensive care units, utilizing specialized emergency equipment and systems.
Because Life Flight medical crews have had to write patient data on paper, introducing the possibility of human error and inefficient workflow, Intermountain's Technology Innovation Lab developed an iPad application that allows crews to enter critical patient data into the patient's medical form before arriving at the hospital, ensuring a seamless transfer of care between Life Flight crews and hospital providers.
The iPad doesn't take a lot of space on a helicopter--which is critical in confined areas--and flight crews can easily share data captured on the iPad with other clinicians.