Methodist University Hospital installs tech for patients to track nurses

Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist University Hospital deployed new technology that allows patients in its Shorb Tower to track when nurses will arrive to their rooms, according to Commercial Appeal.

"It's sort of similar to how you know when Domino's is making your pizza," Leigh Ann Burgess, senior director of the transplant institute at Methodist, told Commercial Appeal. "I want to know when someone is coming up to get me to take my tests. We want the picture to come across that whiteboard, so when they come in, the patient says, 'Oh, I knew you were coming.'"

The whiteboard technology seamlessly merges with the hospital's Apple computers and iPhones. The whiteboards display patients' daily plans, pain scale, last pain medicine taken, when the next dose of pain medicine is scheduled and why they are receiving care.

Transplant patients have been the first to test the technology. Methodist plans to roll out the tracking technology to other hospital departments in the coming months.

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