Technology is making maternal care more efficient and effective at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon through the implementation of electronic documentation and a centralized fetal monitoring system.
The Intellispace Perinatal electronic charting system became fully operational in late September 2018, bringing about improvements for both patients and staff. Electronic charting allows for patient information to be in the right place at the right time without transferring paper information from one chart or area to the next.
Information about a mother’s visits to the maternal unit is now filed electronically. This allows for staff and practitioners involved in care for a mother-to-be to view all of the information on the woman’s pregnancy at a glance from anywhere in the hospital. This information travels easily with the mother throughout her journey, from perinatal visits, to labour and delivery, and into post-partum care, resulting in better family experiences. The technology will also be used at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital when it opens in fall of 2019.
“I am proud of the staff for working through the change,” says Leanne Smith, director of Maternal Services and Children’s Intensive Care for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “Change can be hard, especially when adopting new technology. The staff and physicians have embraced the new charting system, which allows staff to spend more time focusing on the patient, and less time transferring information to different forms.”
Dr. Jocelyne Martel and Alyssa Pshyk, LPN, reviewing the chart of an expecting mother
The additional feature of electronic fetal monitoring has eliminated paper strips that had to be read by staff and physicians on site. Now, if staff are noticing changes to fetal vitals, they can consult with a physician from anywhere in the hospital. Physicians can now monitor and communicate electronically, which is safer for the patient and a more efficient use of time.
“The new fetal monitoring system allows me to watch multiple patients from a distance and communicate through the electronic charting with other team members, providing safer care rather than going to each room,” said obstetrician Dr. Jocelyne Martel. “The electronic chart also allows physicians to enter in data about a mother’s pregnancy, such as blood work and ultrasounds in one central place, prior to her arrival at the hospital.”