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What's in a name?

What’s in a name?

Would you believe me if I told you a COW and BMW are the same thing? Probably not, but in the world of healthcare they are! The acronyms COW and BMW refer to the mobile workstations nurses use to document patient information, dispense medication, and store their supplies during the multiple rounds they make each day. The fact is, these aren’t the only two acronyms hospitals use, and there are actually many more. Below are a few of the most common acronyms we’ve come across.

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No Time for Downtime

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Many hospitals are seeing an increased volume of emergency room patients, and the space to treat them in the traditional emergency department (ED) setting where supplies and electronic medical record (EMR) documentation stations are located is becoming scarce. As a result, nurses are using hallways, conference rooms, etc. to administer treatment - leaving nursing without the typical supplies they need to treat patients. This decreases efficiency for nurses as it requires them to leave the patient’s side to go gather the necessary supplies and then walk back to administer treatment.

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The Technology Lifecycle and Knowing When to Partner

The technology rollout lifecycle is getting faster and faster.  In the past, many of the healthcare IT purchases we made would cost tens of millions of dollars, take years, and be used for decades.  Later we started replacing desktop computers on an average of every four to five years.  Now we’re replacing mobile devices on average every two years.  Plus, with all the government deadlines we need them implemented in a timely manner.  Understanding when and how to replace the various technologies we deploy is an incredibly important task for every hospital organization.

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