Traditional Exam Workflow
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  • Traditional Exam Workflow
    This traditional exam workflow illustrates how exam rooms have been set up for decades and highlights some areas of concern that can pose challenges to a health system when trying to improve the patient experience and outcomes.
    • Real-Time Locating Systems
    • Proof Point 2
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Vital Signs
    • Single Pane of Glass
    • Better Blood Pressure
    • EMR Connectivity
    • Clinical Process Improvements
  • EMR Transition
    Bringing the computer into the exam space enables the caregiver to remain in the room to retrieve information. Uninterrupted time with the patient is increased while the overall exam time is decreased. However, the computer should be positioned to allow patient access and ensure the caregiver and patient maintain eye contact.
  • Public/Private Zones
    The public zone includes side chairs to seat family/visitors, as well as a dressing nook for patients. The private (or patient care) zone provides space for the initial patient interview including equipment, supplies and a work surface at the point of care. Overlap of these zones can lead to inefficiencies in the exam room workflow.
<div class="col-lg-12"> <div class="col-lg-3"> <a href="/docs/default-source/resource-library/medical/midmark_abcs_of_the_accessible_examroom.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/default-source/medical/midmark-clinical-solutions/proof-point-icon-mcs.png" style="display:block;margin: 0px auto; max-width:52px;" /></a> <p style="text-align: center;margin: 0px auto;color: #65cfe9;font-size: .64em;display:block;">Proof Point 1</p> </div> <div class="col-lg-9"> <div style="margin-left:15px;"> <p style="font-size:14px;">ABCs of the Accessible Exam Room</p> <a style="margin-top: 0px;" class="cta" href="/docs/default-source/resource-library/medical/midmark_abcs_of_the_accessible_examroom.pdf" target="_blank">Download Now</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-lg-12" style="margin-top: 30px;"> <div class="col-lg-3"> <a href="/docs/default-source/resource-library/medical/mcs-lean.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/default-source/medical/midmark-clinical-solutions/proof-point-icon-mcs.png" style="display:block;margin: 0 auto; max-width:52px;" /></a> <p style="text-align: center;margin: 0px auto;color: #65cfe9;font-size: .64em;display:block;">Proof Point 2</p> </div> <div class="col-lg-9"> <div style="margin-left:15px;"> <p style="font-size:14px;">Clinical Process Improvement</p> <a style="margin-top: 0px;" class="cta" href="/docs/default-source/resource-library/medical/mcs-lean.pdf" target="_blank">Download Now</a> </div> </div> </div>
  • Vital Signs
  • Real-Time Locating Systems
  • Clinical Process Improvements
  • Single Pane of Glass
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • EMR Connectivity
  • Better Blood Pressure
  • Proof Point 2
Replay

The lack of a real-time locating system or patient self-rooming workflow can inhibit waste-reduction efforts that help eliminate costly bottlenecks.

The inaccessible exam table poses patient and staff safety risks. This exam space design also doesn’t allow proper clearance for wheelchair access and patient egress.

Vital signs measurements are captured in multiple locations using manual equipment. This takes longer per patient and leaves the process vulnerable to inaccurate measurements and human error. Bringing all vital signs capture to the point of care using an automated device can improve upon this workflow.

Disconnected equipment and devices are operated autonomously reducing efficiency and increasing the likelihood of common transcription errors.

On the non-adjustable exam table, the patient’s feet, back and arm are not properly supported for an accurate blood pressure measurement. The manual vitals process is less efficient, taking over a minute per patient longer than bringing all vital signs capture to the point of care (including weight) using an automated device—and is vulnerable to human error, variability and inaccurate data.

Devices are not connected and not integrated with the EMR, requiring manual entry of patient data and resulting in an increased error rate.

Weighing patients outside of the exam room not only causes patient privacy concerns, it can cause hallway congestion and bottlenecks that inhibit patient throughput. The location of the PC can have a negative impact on patient-caregiver interaction and ergonomics.