Using Technology to Dramatically Improve Care
Our doctors have pioneered some of the most sophisticated procedures in medicine. By investing in technology, we dramatically improve patient care, reduce errors, and speed decision-making.
Not long ago, X-rays were the primary method of viewing the interior of our bodies and major surgery usually involved long and often painful hospital stays. Today, computerization, in combination with digital three-dimensional imaging, robotics and genetic testing, revolutionizes the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of medical conditions.
Maimonides was one of the first medical centers in the nation to recognize the essential contribution that technology could make in the way we delivered care and we have intensively pursued its integration into our day-to-day operations. We have received numerous awards for our achievements, and have been named as of one of the nation's 100 "Most Wired" hospitals by the American Hospital Association.
Walter Fahey, Chief Information Officer of Maimonides, discusses our approach to IT innovation.
Robotics in Surgery
Maimonides was the first hospital in Brooklyn to use a three-armed robot to perform surgery in coordination with a computerized virtual reality screen known as the da Vinci system. Using this system, a surgeon at a computerized workstation, which shows a virtual reality view of the operating field inside the patient, can manipulate a joystick that operates robotic arms to perform surgery. The system makes minimally invasive surgeries easier and faster and is expanding to include other types of surgeries.
Leading Edge Diagnostic and Treatment Equipment
We have invested heavily in the most progressive technology for diagnosis and treatment modalities. State-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment is used in virtually every clinical service, resulting in improved patient comfort, precision and effectiveness. For example, our division of plastic and reconstructive surgery uses computers to enhance post-operative views prior to surgery; a computerized fluorescein angiography suite is used for ophthalmologic procedures; computerized urodynamics are utilized for the diagnosis of urinary disorders; and anesthesiology utilizes EEG technology in all operating rooms to determine the patient's state of consciousness.
We have a long history of achievements in the treatment of heart and vascular disease, possessing the latest imaging technology for assessing and repairing diseased coronary blood vessels, as well as the latest technology cardiac mapping for monitoring electrical activity and muscle motion within the heart and percutaneous transmyocardial revascularization (PTMR). We also utilize a voice recognition system to enhance our diagnostic capabilities.
Electronic Medical Records and Diagnostic Imaging
All of the medical staff order medication and lab tests, check lab results and track their patient's treatment utilizing the hospital's computerized medical records system. The MACS system provides medical staff leadership with a real-time glimpse of what is happening within their entire service. For example, when the chairman of emergency services wants to know what is going on in the emergency room, he can see the location of all the patients, the severity of their conditions and status of their treatment. Our computerized system has made for dramatic improvements in the pharmacy service, cutting the average turnaround time for administering inpatient drugs by almost 66%, as well as reducing prescription errors.
We were also the first in Brooklyn to eliminate the use of radiological films. All radiological images that were formerly in film format are now digitalized and can be accessed by physicians via the Picture Archival Communications System (PACS) throughout the facility and from their homes. Our teleradiology service allows images to be sent to a physician's home for immediate reading, and our teleconferencing capabilities allow for physicians in various locations to discuss treatment options.