Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
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Digital Hospital

Dell Children’s is an all-digital, wireless facility, offering  the latest medical technology and state-of-the-art tools such as Wireless Cisco Voice Over IP Phones (VOIP), personal digital assistants (PDAs), electronic tablets, and wireless computers-on-wheels. Physicians are able to view digital pictures from the Picture Archiving Communications System, not only at work stations, but anywhere in the medical center. Patients and family will be able either wirelessly access the internet or connect to Ethernet ports in individual patient rooms.

A few fast facts about our digital hospital:

  • 900 computer workstations, including desktops, laptops, tablets and Flocart varieties.
  • 227 miles of data cabling within Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
  • 6,000 data drops for voice and data

Our Wireless Environment

Wireless is more than a buzz word at the Seton Family of Hospitals. Dell Children’s provides wireless service for both its clinicians and patients and their families.

  • Clinical Wireless Service

    Wireless service for clinical  purposes conveniently provides physicians and staff secure patient information via wireless carts (computers on wheels), a PDA or tablet and  Wireless Cisco Voice Over IP Phones (VOIP). These products provide real-time patient information at the point of care anywhere in the facility.

    All wireless networks are encrypted and engineered to ensure that selected frequencies do not interfere with other electronic systems.  Voice and data networks leverage a single infrastructureand have built in redundancy and resiliency.

  • Patient/Family and Visitor Wireless Service

    To help patients, their families and visitors stay connected with life beyond the hospital, Dell Children’s offers free wireless Internet access within its facility.

    Patients, families and visitors will be able to use their personal laptops, PDAs, or other handheld devices to access the Internet via this wireless network. The wireless service is especially beneficial to patients, their families and friends who may need to remain in the hospital for an extended period of time and want a way to keep up with personal or work-related activities.

Electronic Medical Records

Setting New Standards for Patient Safety in Central Texas

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas will be using electronic medical records to improve patient care, reduce preventable errors, and optimize workflow efficiency.

COMPASS, which stands for Care, Opportunity, Mission, Promise, Access, Safety and Standardization is Dell Children’s  medical records system.  COMPASS will provide real-time access to a patients’ complete health records (including medical history, treatments, lab results and drug allergies), COMPASS provides patient safety alerts and is linked with an online medical reference library for easy research. Physicians are able to enter patient-care orders, such as requests for lab tests, consultations with other physicians or changes to medication dosages, directly into COMPASS.

Vocada Voicelink

Faster Test Results

To better manage the flow of time-sensitive patient information, the Seton Family of Hospitals and Dell Children’s has invested in Voice Information Management (VIM) enterprise software to ensure that critical test results quickly reach the right physician.

The Vocada VoiceLink system, a new computerized messaging system, which has been described by some as “voice mail on steroids”' uses a full suite of communications channels to ensure that urgent messages are received by physicians in a timely manner.

Vocada has several important features, including a Voice-Activated Directory, which can transmit test results to several physicians at once.  Another critical feature is Intelligent Message Tracking, which notifies the radiologist instantly when a message is received and allows him or her to use a Web-based monitoring system to track each and every message.

Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS)

Anytime, Anywhere Medical Imaging Technology

With the implementation of PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), Seton Family of Hospitals and Dell Children’s , in partnership with the Austin Radiological Association (ARA) is revolutionizing the way medical images like CT scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays are captured, stored, interpreted, and shared. 

PACS is a film-less method of acquiring, storing, and communicating medical images.   Because images are stored electronically and can be accessed remotely, more than one specialist can view the same image simultaneously from any location, anytime. And since images are encrypted, patient privacy is protected.

Dell Children’s  Radiologists interpret images using high-resolution dual monitors, which enable them to compare current images to previous ones—and manipulate images (zoom-in, rotate, brighten, increase contrast) for a more accurate reading.

PACS is integrated with Seton Family of Hospitals and Dell Children’s  Radiology Information System (RIS), which is used to schedule and track studies. Dell Children’s Radiologists also have access to Voice Recognition (VR) to prepare their reports, reducing turn-around time for the physician who ordered the study, and for the patient awaiting the results

Omnicell Cabinets

The Right Medication at the Right Time

As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, the Seton Family of Hospitals has invested $3 million in state-of-the-art OmniCell Medication System cabinets, which are now located at nursing floors, surgery, and emergency rooms across the network including Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Using touch screen technology, these ATM style cabinets, which are networked to a central pharmacy server, provide convenient and controlled access to patient medications—incorporating multiple safeguards to make sure that our patients receive the right medication at the right dosage and right time.

Electronic Bedboard

Dell Children’s Electronic Bed Board tracking system gives nursing and admissions staff an instant snapshot of the status of beds throughout the hospital.  With a quick glance at a color-coded screen, staff can locate a clean, available room for a new or transferring patient.

Shorter wait times reduce stress levels among patients/family and nursing staff alike.  Children settle down more quickly into their rooms. And nurses spend more time at the bedside with their patients and less time tracking down empty beds.

OR 1 System

Dell Children’s surgery center will include an OR 1 System in four of the operating rooms.  This system will utilize cameras at the foot of the bed, over the surgical field—even the patient’s body, if necessary.  Physicians will be able to view images on a quad screen that, in turn, can be sent to the auditorium, the surgery conference room and the cardio conference room.  This technology will allow physicians to send images externally and consult with specialist all over the world, serving as an educational tool for physicians, residents, and medical students.