The Intel Unite® solution is already playing a role in many healthcare environments, improving efficiency, quality of care, patient satisfaction, and more. It helps clinicians, staff, and patients communicate and collaborate more effortlessly.
The ability to simply walk into an exam room and share information on a wall-mounted display, for example, can make sharing results or providing advice easier for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals. It can also help make it easier for patients to understand the information being presented.
But the Intel Unite app for Patient Sight offers something more: the ability to monitor and connect with patients without even having to enter the room. This can be immensely beneficial in busy wards or with isolated and high-risk patients.
With the addition of a microphone and camera to the Intel Unite solution setup in each room, nurses can activate a video feed at any time. There’s even functionality for pan, tilt, and zoom camera control to better see the patient. Clinicians can also bring up a video display in the room for patients to view them if needed. Simple needs like a request for water or a temperature adjustment can be handled more quickly and easily.
After nurses have checked in with one patient, they can close the connection and use the same device to check on all the other patients they're responsible for, saving time and the cost of unnecessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
Making the Rounds
Patient Sight can also make bedside check-ins faster and easier for clinicians. With the Intel Unite app for Patient Sight, they no longer have to travel from room to room or worry about donning new PPE for each patient interaction.
Whether they’re in an office or conference room, or at the nurses’ station, physicians with the Intel Unite software downloaded to their devices can simply launch the app and then check in with patients, carrying out quick checks or longer conversations, and only going into rooms as needed.
Lowering Exposure Risks
Even before COVID, clinicians had high-risk patients to care for, whether they had post-infections that were a risk to staff, were immunocompromised, or both. Patient Sight is ideal for mitigating risks in these situations.
Consider the typical high-risk patient situation. When a patient is in isolation, under normal circumstances, any time a nurse and other clinicians need to enter the room, they have to don PPE. This is a five- to 10-minute process, typically requiring another member of staff to assist by ensuring that they’ve dressed properly—every time they have to engage with that patient. In addition to the time wasted, putting on and then discarding PPE on a frequent basis is costly.
In many cases, the Intel Unite app for Patient Sight eliminates the need for this PPE step by enabling contactless check-ins. Clinicians outside the room can simply click a link in the patient’s electronic health record (EHR) to connect instantly to the camera in the patient’s room. With Patient Sight, staff can continuously monitor high-risk patients, quickly communicate with them, and rapidly respond to their needs.
The Patient Sight app works with major EHR solutions, including Epic EHR and Cerner EHR, working seamlessly with these solutions’ existing workflows to allow collaborative on-camera calls with patients. Any data shared by a clinician stays on the local network, and all communications occur between devices that are already allowed on the network and have been secured.
Though the focus now is on patients who are in isolation, the intensive care unit, or the cardiac care unit, where heavy patient monitoring and/or contagion risk are major concerns, Patient Sight’s potential for efficient interactions, increased patient satisfaction, and stronger cost containment in broader areas of patient care is extensive.