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San Diego-based PatientSafe Solutions, a provider of point-of-care mobile solutions, reports New York-Presbyterian Hospital has selected the company’s platform, PatientTouch, for use in its medical center.

PatientTouch was developed to minimize harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity by deploying mobile technology tools at the point of patient care.

PatientTouch employs features such as barcode positive patient identification (PPID) and promotes improved information exchange across physically separated caregiving teams. In addition, PatientTouch’s system is designed to make individualized care information more easily accessible.

NewYork-Presbyterian has 2,409 combined beds at five major centers. In addition to the classic suite of PatientTouch applications, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital includes the first use of the platform’s new infant care apps, technologies specifically designed to improve patient safety, quality of care, and administrative efficiency within maternity and neonatal care units.

“We’ve successfully implemented PatientTouch with our medical staff to help improve medication safety and enhance quality delivery,” said Aurelia Boyer, a registered nurse at the hospital, in a statement. “The mobile tool has been useful in giving our medical team relevant patient data directly at the point-of-care."

According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, in 2011, more than half of office-based physicians used a partial or full electronic medical record (EMR) system. However, two of the most commonly cited complaints about EMR adoption were clinical workflow disruption and changing regulations that make legacy systems quickly outdated.

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