Orange Park Medical Center November 01, 2018

Patient smart bands are part of the $6.4 million technology upgrade at Orange Park Medical Center

Orange Park Medical Center is coming to a close on a $6.4 million technology upgrade that has been underway for 18 months. The upgrade includes mobile devices and equipment including iPhones, patient smart bands, wireless vital monitors and more. The technology will help enhance patient safety and communication.

Orange Park Medical Center is one of only 8 hospitals in the country and the only hospital in Florida to have all of the following high-tech features:

  • Patient smart bands: The new patient band helps doctors and staff members quickly access your information and track your process through the ER. Expanding into surgical services and inpatient areas in the future.
  • Wireless vitals monitoring: The wireless wrist-worn vital sign device provides real time vital readings to a patient's care team to allow patients uninterrupted sleep and send immediate alerts when irregularities occur. This avoids frequent vital sign checks multiple times a day and throughout the night.
  • Electronic communication boards: These electronic white boards are mounted on the wall of every emergency and inpatient room, giving the patient live information on who their care team is, pop-ups with who just walked into their room, goals, medicine, schedule for tests and treatments, diet restrictions and more.
  • Advanced nurse call system: This feature is intended for patients. When a patient pushes the nurse call light an alert is immediately sent to their nurse's smartphone to improve response time.
  • Real-time equipment-locating system: Electronic tracking tags are placed on mobile equipment so the equipment can be quickly located when needed, providing the care team more time at the bed side with patients.
  • Staff have smartphones with secure texting, voice and broadcasting. The devices include a full hospital directory listing so that caregivers can connect in real time and receive your test results instantly. Patients can also communicate with their care team on their mobile device through their nurse call button.

The hospital's Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Hester says the cutting edge technology makes us a "hospital of the future" and gives us the ability to enhance patient safety and many aspects of care. It is helping us communicate more effectively and in an entirely different fashion with patients, coworkers and physicians.

Orange Park Medical Center anticipates the final phase of the upgrade to be complete in early 2020. For more information visit orangeparkmedical.com/hospitalofthefuture