IT is enabling evidence-based medicine
To streamline the massive information and clinical processes in UZ Brussel, the university hospital has developed a Clinical Workstation. Physicians and nurses use this system for almost all their activities, and it gives them a complete picture of the patient's medical history. The Clinical Workstation even integrates clinical decision support systems, which help doctors to practice evidence-based medicine.
Since 2000, UZ Brussel is extensively using an in-house developed Clinical Workstation (CWS) to streamline the massive information and clinical processes in the university hospital. Rudi Van de Velde, CIO of the hospital, explains that this system is able to offer its users (550 physicians and 1400 nurses) a holistic view of their work: "With this clinical workstation, our users have access to all patient and hospital related information within one system using a consistent user interface, which minimises training and optimises the work experience."
Physicians use the CWS for almost all their activities, including order entry, scheduling (radiology, pathology, surgical and other activities), reporting, medication and admission. Physicians also have a complete picture of the patient's medical history at their fingertips: "We seamlessly integrate hospital applications, re-use many software components, and effectively manage change more efficiently. On a daily basis, physicians and nurses access patient records 25,000 times, schedule 4,000 appointments, capture more than 5,000 medical reports and process over 9,500 medical orders. Ninety percent of these interactions are completed in less than one second."
About UZ Brussel
UZ Brussel is the university hospital of the Free University Brussels. With over 750 beds and a staff of more than 3,200 people, it is now one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. The hospital admits more than 32,000 inpatients a year, receives over 300,000 visits in the outpatient clinic, and 155,000 in the emergency department.
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