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AT&T, McKesson and Palm Team to Give Physicians Critical Tools to Make Clinical Decisions at Point of Care


Jupiter Medical Center Uses Joint Solution for Mobile Patient Information Access to Reduce Costs, Streamline Processes and Improve Quality Patient Care.
Jupiter Medical Center, a leader of quality health care and clinical innovation, chose a joint wireless solution from AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) to deliver McKesson’s Horizon MobileCare(TM) Rounding solution. The combination of these technologies enhance Jupiter Medical Center physicians’ access to patient information by allowing them to pull the most current data - in or outside the hospital - to support more informed decision-making and improved workflow.(1)

Since 2005, Jupiter Medical Center physicians have used McKesson’s mobile decision-support software solution to wirelessly access patient data, such as charts, lab results and medications. Physicians are now in the process of testing one of Palm’s latest products -- the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 680 smart device from AT&T -- to take advantage of its smaller form factor, lower price point and additional memory to extend their ability to get patient information remotely.

Barry Miskin, M.D., general surgeon, says, “With the Treo 680 smart device, my time is used more efficiently at the hospital. I can look up patient information before performing surgery, and if there is a discrepancy, have it addressed immediately. The Treo 680 has met and exceeded all my expectations. I was a skeptic at first, but now I can’t imagine performing my day-to-day tasks without it. I find that I work more efficiently because I can view all of my patients’ data even before I arrive at the hospital.”

Jupiter Medical Center turned to mobile technology to provide its physicians with a way to gain faster access to patient information to reduce medical errors and enhance the quality of patient care. With AT&T’s nationwide(2) wireless data network and industry-best international roaming capabilities, Treo smart devices running McKesson’s Horizon Mobile Care Rounding solution gives physicians access to vital information that enhances efficiency and productivity, whether they are within the hospital campus, on the other side of town, across the country or halfway around the world.(1)

Also on Jupiter Medical Center’s medical staff, Juan Sanchez, M.D., hematologist/oncologist, notes, “Now I can spend more time with my hospital patients because I can view their charts and write notes while I’m in their rooms.”

Kelli Auletta, senior systems analyst at the hospital, believes that every physician should use the joint solution at Jupiter Medical Center. With it, they can take advantage of the hospital’s infrared, WAN and wireless connections, ensuring that critical information is always at their fingertips wherever they are - inside or out.(1)

“Patients are really impressed that I have ready access to their latest health information via Horizon MobileCare Rounding running on my Treo smart device. It has really improved my effectiveness,” said J. Peter Lawler, M.D., internal medicine. “It has eliminated the hunt for an available computer to look up patient information. I have less stress.”

Jupiter Medical Center’s adoption of a wireless solution for its medical staff is in keeping with its history as a technologically savvy organization. Since 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has been at the forefront of medical innovation, evidenced by its range of clinical expertise and specialty services. Jupiter Medical Center’s commitment to adopting technological advances is evident on many fronts. It is often the first facility in its area to offer clinical trials, advanced diagnostic imaging, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and patient-care enhancements, and it boasts the county’s first “operating room of the future,” an all-digital surgical suite.

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