AUSTIN, Texas -- If you want to solve a healthcare problem, ask a nurse. Wendy Deibert, RN, vice president of telemedicine services for Mercy Health Inc., a large hospital chain headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., collaborated with Rubbermaid Healthcare to design a wall-mounted unit specific to Mercy's emergency and intensive care departments for monitoring telemedicine systems.
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Wendy Deibert, RN, standing next to the Rubbermaid Healthcare unit she helped design for Mercy's telemedicine workflow.
Provider-led vendor partnerships like these help health IT software and hardware companies get real-world testing and design baked into their products, and the provider gets a customized answer to their needs, which they couldn't develop themselves. In this podcast, Deibert discusses what the as-yet-unnamed wall-mounted unit will be used for when it comes out of beta testing. Here's a hint: Spreading experienced nurse expertise across intensive care and emergency department units during short-staffed nights and weekends.