Mobility Advantage: Health Care Made Easier
Time, Motion, and Health Care: A Case Study
In today’s clinical setting, electronic medical records (EMR) are rapidly replacing paper and becoming the central touch point for everyone involved in patient care.
When the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center adopted an EMR system, they recognized early on that mobile access to the EMR was an essential part of the equation. Initially, access was available through computers at nurses’ stations and, in a first step toward mobility, through COWs (Computers on Wheels). A COW is a cart equipped with a wireless computer. Health care providers could wheel COWs to the patient’s bedside as needed, view medical records, and enter data.