ThinkVitals is an intuitive clinical observations app, developed by the sister company to ThinkVitals in association with Chelsea and Westminster hospital. ThinkVitals enables clinicians to electronically capture patient’s vital signs in association with the NEWS2 score, aiding improved patient care.
Like most trusts in the country, we have dedicated and hardworking but busy clinicians in our wards. To improve the way we deliver patient care, we are investing in technology that can make the recording of patient vital signs more accurate, but also reduce the burden of manual, paper-based tasks by doctors and nurses.
As no two wards are the same, we have developed the Ward Layout Editor tool to enable each healthcare organisation to create a realistic representation of each ward and/or clinic themselves, in order to help identify patient locations and visualise the state of each patient in relation to NEWS2 scoring.
The Trust has an ambition to digitise the process of recording and monitoring national early warning scores (NEWS) to assess the severity of acute illnesses. This approach is saving clinicians time by automating manual NEWS2 calculations and increasing safety levels by alerting staff to patients whose condition is deteriorating.
The ThinkVitals team has been very responsive to our suggestions and feedback they have listened and understood our requirements and this has allowed us to push the software forward. From the start we liked the interface of the application and the intuitive nature of its functionality.
As a trust that treats more than 360,000 patients a year and one of the top five hospitals in England for low mortality rates, Chelsea and Westminster has patient safety at the core of its organisation.
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The team flexibility in its approach has meant we have been able to create something that really works, not on paper, but also in practice. The complex nature of healthcare means there are challenges in implementing new technologies in hospitals, but by talking to the nurses and doctors using the technology, this has allowed clinical engagement to happen quickly and effectively.
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