Ochsner is committed to a clinically-integrated research program with the ultimate goal of improving the health and wellness of our patients and communities. As the largest academic medical center in Louisiana, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals to be leaders who can meet evolving healthcare challenges.
Optimal Hospital is a reimagined inpatient environment that uses innovative tools, technologies, and processes to provide more efficient, patient-centric care.
Take a virtual tour or read on to discover how Optimal Hospital can transform the hospital stay experience in four ways:
Increased patient engagement
Tablets activated with MyOchsner Bedside allow patients to view their medical records, see their daily schedule, record important health information, complete educations, request comforts, and more.
Improved sleep quality
Wireless vitals monitors affixed to patients’ wrists continuously collect and transmit to Epic blood pressures, SpO2 levels, heart rates, and skin temperatures without the need to disturb the patients.
Soft red lighting in the room provides a less disruptive option for staff checking on patients in the night.
Noise monitors in the corridors notify passerby when their volume is above the set decibel level and automatically record each instance of a noise event to be addressed by unit leaders.
Routine morning labs delayed until after 6 a.m. allow patients the opportunity to sleep for longer.
Enhanced patient safety
If any vitals readings are out-of-range, the nursing team is automatically notified via their smartphones to check on the patient.
Copper-infused materials, including bed linens and bathroom grab bars, naturally kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours of contact, as well as many viruses and fungi.
Tablets are charged in UV light cabinets to disinfect between uses.
Increased staff efficiency
Vitals automatically transferred to the medical record can be quickly and accurately filed to patient records.
Patient education sent directly to patient tablets minimizes the amount of necessary in-person instruction.
Studies have proven the efficacy of these improvements, showing Optimal Hospital decreased length of stay by 8.6 hours, decreased 30-day readmissions by 16%, decreased 60-day readmissions by 12%, and reduced ICU transfers. Optimal Hospital also improved HCAHPS scores in four areas: overall health, medication understanding, quietness at night, and pain management.