The Future of Care Delivery
Ochsner Optimal Hospital reimagines the inpatient experience with the patient at the center. The Optimal Hospital program takes innovation to the next level, providing a model for safe, high-quality hospital care.
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The Optimal Hospital program offers advanced, patient-centered care
in this groundbreaking hospital model using innovative devices
and materials such as:

Patient Tablets

Patients are offered tablets to view their health data and daily schedule, learn about their care team and condition, take notes, and request comfort items, as well as access select entertainment portals, giving them greater control over their care and experience.

Wireless Vitals Monitoring

Patients' vitals, such as BP, SpO2, and heart rate, are continuously monitored during their stay through wireless, wearable devices, increasing patient mobility, safety, and comfort.

Quiet Hours and Red Night Lighting

Sleep is integral to healing. Nightly “quiet hours” are observed and monitored to minimize noise disturbances that can awaken patients. When checking on patients at night, staff use red night lighting, which is less disruptive to circadian rhythms than standard blue or white lighting, to minimize patient disruption.

Copper-Infused Linens and Surfaces

Copper is naturally antimicrobial, shown to kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours of contact, as well as many viruses and fungi. Infusing sheets, gowns, towels and surfaces, like table tops and grab bars, with copper takes advantage of these properties, reducing the risk of infections.

Staff Smart Devices

Physicians and nurses are able to instantly receive vitals alarms and alerts, review patient lists, check conditions, retrieve records, evaluate test results, confirm treatments and coordinate care from their smartphones, tablets, and smart watches using apps that connect them to each other and to our electronic health record system.

iO Then, Now, Tomorrow

“Our patients are safer, more informed and fundamentally involved in their own care, and our caregivers have been empowered to deliver better care faster. Optimal Hospital is truly revolutionizing care delivery and management.”

Richard V. Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Medical Director of innovationOchsner

We’re redefining what high-quality hospital care looks like.

iO's combination of innovative tools, technologies, and processes has been shown to decrease length of stay by 8.6 hours and improve 30- and 90-day readmission rates by 16% and 12%, respectively.

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At Ochsner, innovation is part of our mission and culture –
it's who we are.

This enhancement represents our relentless commitment to our community through developing new and innovative models of care.