White River Medical Center Uses Technology to Ensure Patient Safety

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White River Medical Center Uses Technology to Ensure Patient Safety

(Batesville, Ark.) —White River Health’s White River Medical Center (WRMC) is finding new ways to ensure the safety of their patients. Telesitter uses video and audio monitoring to provide constant monitoring to patients requiring additional assistance. Many hospitals across the county are adopting this technology and reporting fewer patient falls and higher patient and staff satisfaction.

 Traditionally, patients at high risk for falls, are experiencing confusion or agitation, or considered to danger to themselves are continually monitored by an employee physically in the patient’s room. This important service offers safety and comfort; however, it can be a strain on healthcare resources. Telesitter technology allows specially trained healthcare staff to supervise more than one patient at a time using video and audio technology.  Employees can talk with patients to answer questions and provider reassurance and provide immediate information to nursing staff if patients need assistance.

“Hospitals have seen great success using this technology, dropping fall rates by 50%,” said Gary Paxson, White River Health President and CEO. “Additionally, it provides security for patients and their families. We are using technology in innovative ways to provide the quality healthcare that will improve the health of our communities true to our mission.”

White River Health (WRH) is formerly known as White River Health System.  WRH is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices, and Senior Life Centers.  WRH is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.