The Emergency Department at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital recently launched a new tool with a goal of improving patient experiences. ERAdvisor is a mobile platform that will help patients stay updated throughout their visit by sending real-time notifications and allowing them to share info with family members.
“Owensboro Health is always looking for innovative ways to improve the patient experience,” said Chris Sale, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Vice President of Operations. “The more we can communicate with patients about their visit, the better for everyone involved. This service is just one way we’re committed to providing excellent patient care.”
ERAdvisor automatically updates patients throughout their emergency department (ED) visit with up-to-the-minute wait times, secure sharing with family and friends, as well as lab and imaging information. No sign-up or app download is needed, and it works with all smartphones.
Registration staff collects the patient’s cell phone number during check-in, and this triggers a welcome message for them to join ERAdvisor. Patients can then click on the link to log in to ERAdvisor using their last name.
Once in the system, patients can:
- See estimated wait times on when they’ll be moved to a treatment room
- Keep friends and family informed at every step of their visit by sharing a link
- Get answers to common questions
- Get updates on the status of their lab results
“While we don’t want to have any patient wait for emergency services, the fact of the matter is that there is frequently a wait time in our Emergency Department,” said Rhonda Bergstrom, Director of Nursing. “I think this will definitely improve the patient experience. We know from data, that not only in our ED, but in EDs across the nation, we struggle to keep patients up to date on where they are in the process, especially in the waiting room. This software will improve that communication, giving real-time updates.”
Dr. Michael Kelley, Owensboro Health Vice President of Medical Affairs, said there have been changes to healthcare staffing and expectations nationally as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and emergency departments have had to adapt and change tremendously.
“The volume of patients presenting to our Emergency Department and how sick they are have both increased,” he said. “The manner in which we take care of them with added layers of PPE, screening, crowd control, and more stringent goals for the time-sensitive treatment of our sickest groups of patients — trauma, stroke, sepsis and myocardial infarction — have become even more demanding.”
Owensboro Health leadership has spent the last year working to improve staffing ratios of physicians in the Emergency Department to some of the highest in the industry and plans for a physician in triage, where the provider comes to the patient prior to them being roomed during peak times.
“The Vital ERAdvisor platform is another piece of our innovative approach to help alleviate these pressures,” Kelley said. “We are using this software as a service. Its augmented intelligence helps create a clearer picture and provides real-time expectations, as well as some education to those who come to our Emergency Department — the front door of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.”
To learn more, visit OwensboroHealth.org/ERAdvisor.