Bradenton, Fla .—Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, has started using new and highly-effective patient safety technology for patients in its care on the Brandon campus. Centerstone is the first healthcare organization in the State to integrate ObservSMART into its patient care process. The technology promises reliable compliance, and reduces risk, errors and costs related to sentinel and non-sentinel events.
“This technology is vastly enhancing the way we observe and monitor patients in our care,” said Melissa Larkin-Skinner, regional chief executive officer, Centerstone. “Our staff is able to manage
more efficiently the required round-the-clock 15-minute checks that are standard care for behavioral health patients. In turn, supervisory staff can validate that patients are being observed and clinicians can provide real-time feedback and care instructions.”
A proximity-based monitoring system, ObservSMART was designed by and for behavioral health staff. Staff use mini iPads synched with tamper resistant wristbands to do patient checks, which cannot be done unless the staff member is within the prescribed distance of the patient. The system ensures 1:1 observation adherence and provides real-time alerts, including patient risk and acuity flags, to supervisory staff should there be a safety concern or missed observation. “ObservSmart is proud to work alongside Centerstone to improve patient safety, staff communication,
and accountability. We share a common commitment to make patient safety the highest priority,” said Christopher Dunn, SVP Business Development, InvisAlert Solutions Inc.
Larkin-Skinner also points to the reporting and analytics advantages of the technology. “Going forward, accessing reports for audits, assessing the efficacy of treatments, measuring sleep patterns, and even the scanning of patient reports into a database, will be streamlined,” she said. “While this tool advances clinical patient care, it also supports business, risk and quality initiatives for Centerstone.”
Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit www.centerstone.org
About InvisAlert Solutions, Inc.
InvisAlert Solutions, Inc. was founded by two women determined to find better ways to improve patient safety. A pioneer in developing healthcare products that enhance patient care, quality, and save lives, InvisAlert Solutions leverages technology, people, and process to solve critical problems in high-risk healthcare settings. Its innovative tools are designed to meet the demanding requirements of complex workflows, the essential needs of communication, and safety compliance. ObservSMART is InvisAlert Solutions’ patient safety compliance tool that ensures patient safety by validating and documenting patient safety checks. Its proximity-based system ensures that patients are observed. ObservSMART patient-monitoring system delivers reliable compliance and reduces risk, errors, and costs related to sentinel and non-sentinel events. For more information, visit www.invisalertsolutions.com