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AORN J. 2005 Jul;82(1):65-73.

Using technology to improve and support communication and workflow processes.

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  • 1Providence Health System, Portland, OR, USA.


In conjunction with a large expansion project, a team of perioperative staff members reviewed their workflow processes and designed their ideal patient tracking and communication system. Technologies selected and deployed included a passive infrared tracking system, an enhanced nurse call system, wireless telephones, and a web-based electronic grease board. The new system provides staff members with an easy way to obtain critical pieces of patient information, as well as track the progress of patients and locate equipment.

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