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Kingston General Hospital, Bell announce wireless initiative

Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Bell Canada today announced the launch of an integrated wireless communications...


November 21, 2005  


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Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Bell Canada today announced the launch of an integrated wireless communications service within the teaching hospital.

With wireless access, KGH said it is now equipped to enhance patient safety and staff productivity while also building upon the care experience for patients and their visitors.

“Wireless communication access has improved the quality of care by allowing us to do what we do best — focusing more time with our patients at the bedside,” said Joe de Mora, the hospital’s president and CEO.

KGH is the first teaching hospital in Canada to integrate wireless applications with a point-of-care computer that accommodates intravenous infusion, patient monitoring and clinical best practice guidelines in a single platform through an advanced infusion pump system.

“This means additional support is available to ensure patient safety,” the hospital said. “These new infusion pumps provide the care team with the most up-to-date drug information through the wireless network while also communicating with other devices to alert caregivers when a problem arises.”

Other features include a wireless medical record system that will allow clinicians to access patient data from the bedside and enable patient care providers to capture and update patient records from anywhere.

Affiliated with Queen’s University, KGH is a 456-bed teaching hospital that serves more than 500,000 people in southeastern Ontario and is the community hospital for the Kingston area.