When minutes matter, Yes is the best answer. And emergency room physicians at Mayo Clinic are finding the YES Board is the place to find answers.
A common problem in many health care institutions is that data come from so many sources that it becomes difficult to track and manage. This problem is acute in emergency rooms where knowing the “real time” status of multiple patients is crucial in determining the care for each patient.
”Hospitals have great systems that allow us to focus on one patient; what we don’t have is a system that allows us to see all of our patients at once,” said Vernon Smith, M.D., an emergency room physician at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “In a way it was easier when all the information was kept on paper — now with so many sources of data and in different systems, keeping track of real time information in fast-paced place like an emergency room presents challenges.”
The answer is the YES Board. Dr. Smith, who has a rare combination of specialties — a medical doctor who is also a computer engineer, developed the computerized YES Board patient tracking system over the course of several years and input from several hundred doctors, nurses and emergency room staff while he worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
“It provides overall situational awareness,” Dr. Smith said. “All the information feeds in from 15 different data systems and there is no additional input needed to maintain the real time nature of the board. It gives of-the-moment vital information to benefit physicians’ in-the-moment decision making.”
The YES Board is operational in the emergency rooms at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and was recently added to the emergency room in Arizona. Plans are underway to add it at Mayo Clinic in Florida and hospitals within the Mayo Clinic Health System.
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