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Proceeds from Reverse Auction purchase Computers on Wheels

Proceeds from the 2015 Beartooth Ball’s Reverse Auction enabled the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation to fund the purchase of seven Computers on Wheels (COWS) for use in a number of Beartooth patient care departments. 

The portable units allow patient care staff to electronically “chart” patient information without leaving the patient’s side.  Before the COWS arrived, information had to be manually written down on paper, and then entered digitally in the patient’s electronic file when staff was out of the patient’s room or following the patient’s appointment.   COWS allow for better patient care by increasing efficiency and accuracy in the entering of patient care data, and by reducing the time staff is away from the patient.

According to Amy Hummel, Physical Therapist at the Beartooth Billings Clinic satellite PT office in  Joliet, “The mobile “COWS” allow the therapist to have instant access to the patient chart and teaching materials in a safe and comfortable manner for the therapist.  They increase patient safety by having access to the last treatment during the current treatment and allow for faster progressive therapy. Also, real time documentation by the therapist is one of the most accurate methods of improving patient safety and care.”

Adding that “Developing patient home exercise programs during treatment sessions from the therapist’s laptop device during a session in the gym decreases patient wait time after the visit is completed and allows for immediate teaching with the patient, without disruption of care or having the need for available furniture or counter top space in the gym area.  The ability of the mobile stand to raise or lower to meet sitting or standing height is a great advantage.”

COWS are used by staff in our Acute Care, Rehabilitation, Outpatient Surgery, Clinic and Emergency Departments.  (Pictured below, Amy Hummel, PT, enters patient data on one of the COWS at Physical Therapy Joliet.)

  • 6 July 2015
  • Author: Margaret Karas
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