High-tech tool installed at Firesteel Healthcare CenterProgram provides bedside help for staff at nursing home.
By: Frannie Sprouls, The Daily Republic
A new, high-tech program is being implemented at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. In April, Firesteel began using Daylight IQ, a disease management product.
“It’s basically a tool for nurses at the bedside,” said Alison Martin, spokesperson for COMS Interactive LLC. The software program maps out 24 disease categories most common in older patients and provides a checklist for the nurses to go through.
“If you’ve ever been in a nursing home, the nurse might have 24 patients,” Martin said. “It’s impossible for them to know every patient’s chart.” Nurses at Firesteel perform multiple assessments on each resident during their shift, and Daylight IQ has helped.
“It’s very easy to use,” said Sarah Comp, director of nursing at Firesteel. “(The nurses) like the critical assessment piece that is provided by the Daylight IQ. It helps recognize change in residents’ conditions quicker.” The new program will work alongside the Point Click Care software, which is used for clinical and business interfacing to meet the needs of the Firesteel residents.
Firesteel is one of 14 health care centers in the Mission Healthcare system, and Daylight IQ has been implemented at all of them, Comp said. The software program was automated in 2009 and is in more than 400 health care centers.