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University Hospital Addition Combines Patient Comfort with the Latest Health Technology

April 3, 2013

In early 2013 University Hospital opened the new patient tower, including the newly relocated Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.  The new addition boasts “smart” rooms that record patient vitals and transmit information automatically to the electronic medical record.  The new technology will allow doctors and nurses to spend more time caring for patients.  The new hospital room innovation supports the One Health/One Medicine initiative.

Story by Mizzou Weekly

Technology frees up doctors and nurses to focus more on the patient

On Monday, the new eight-floor patient care tower, which includes the relocated Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, will open at University Hospital.

The gleaming tower combines state-of-the-art-technology with a comfortable atmosphere. Nearly every patient room is wired with modern electronics and bathed in natural sunlight thanks to 7-foot-tall windows.

The tower features six operating rooms, 25 pre-procedure rooms, 18 post-op rooms and 90 private patient “smart” rooms, all with technology that integrates with MU Health Care’s electronic medical records (EMR). To staff the tower, 97 positions were added, 44 of them nurses.

With a $190 million price tag, including $50 million for Ellis Fischel, the hospital is ushering in the future of health care.

“While we are celebrating a new building, the celebration isn’t just about bricks and mortar,” said Vice Chancellor Harold A. Williamson Jr. at the March 18 ribbon cutting. “If it weren’t for our smart doctors and our smart nurses, we wouldn’t have much need for the ‘smart’ rooms.”

The smart rooms are fitted with devices that record patients’ vital signs, including blood pressure and pulse, and beds that automatically weigh patients and wirelessly transmit the data to the EMR.

Using technology developed by the Tiger Institute, the iAware system displays the patients’ vital signs data tracked throughout the past 30 hours on a monitor above beds, making it easier for doctors and nurses to get a quick look at the patients’ status. More…