Tech & Your Biz: How an iPad App Helped a Hospital Reduce Infections

Tablet PCs have long been touted as a great solution in hospitals, where staff are often required to use paper charts to document patient medication and treatment. But a Franklin, Tenn. medical service has found a way to use an iPad app to make a huge difference in infections.

Using Filemaker Go, an app that serves as a database for a variety of uses on a variety of platforms including the iPad, Lee Medical, Inc. was able to reduce Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in hospitals around the state. Lee Medical provides its Filemaker Pro-based VAST software to approximately sixty hospitals and other medical facilities. The software helps detect infections by providing real-time patient surveillance, monitoring a patient’s catheter throughout its life.

When a medical staff member arrives at a patient’s bedside, he or she is able to login to VAST and access all of that patient’s medical data. This not only saves time, but it is more error-proof. The data is stored in a central database on a secure server, making sure it is both accurate and safe.

According to Filemaker Go, Lee Medical uses its software to monitor Vascular Access Devices, which can lead to infection and other complications if not inserted properly. VAST monitors the device, ensuring it remains properly inserted at all times.

“By running Filemaker Go for iPad, we have been able to achieve a dramatic breakthrough and the end result is a much needed value proposition for healthcare: improved quality and reduced costs,” Lee Medical president Michele Lee says.

VAST is not only more efficient and secure, it saves money for hospitals by reducing the number of infections. Infection control is an important issue in the medical community today, with medical facilities implementing strict procedures to prevent massive outbreaks. Using VAST is one more way hospitals can prevent infections.

iPads are becoming increasingly more prevalent in medical facilities, with Apple and Android battling it out for the chance to conquer the market. Filemaker Go is a tool that can not only be used in the medical community but in the wider business market, with its customizable software allowing users to manage contacts, access databases, maintain inventory, and handle billing, all from any mobile device.

While some hospitals are still slow to adapt the new technology, medical students are working with iPads and many editions of the tablet are being used in pilot programs in medical facilities around the country. Laptops and desktops were never good solutions for medical personnel, who are constantly on the move and need something lightweight that can be easily updated, but the release of the tablet provided a great opportunity for solutions providers like Lee Medical.

The Lee Medical story is a great example of iPads’ use in medical facilities. But it is also an example of an application that is adapting to today’s mobile environment. Filemaker Go is a way for your small business to create software that can be accessed from anywhere, increasing your productivity and saving money.

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About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.