PatientSafe Solutions Appoints Veteran Nurse Executive Dr. Cheryl D. Parker as Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
April 8, 2014
SAN DIEGO — PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions for healthcare, today announced that Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS has joined the company as its chief nursing informatics officer. In this new role, Dr. Parker will utilize her decades of clinical informatics and nursing education experience to work with PatientSafe’s strategic customers and partners to improve the care delivery process and experience through the use of smart phone-enabled applications at the point-of-care.
Dr. Parker has over 35 years of experience in nursing as a clinical leader, informatics nurse specialist, faculty member, and practicing nurse. She joins PatientSafe from Rubbermaid Healthcare, where, as CNIO, she championed products that support optimal nursing workflow and shared clinical insights to aid in product development. Prior to Rubbermaid, Dr. Parker served as senior clinical informatics specialist for Motion Computing, a rugged tablet PC manufacturer. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Walden University in the MSN and DNP programs. She has written extensively on mobile health information technology and its impact on both workflow and the patient-clinician relationship for publications including Computers Informatics Nursing, theJournal of Healthcare Information Management, Advance for Executive Insight, and Connection.Dr. Parker has also authored several book chapters on nursing informatics, and she is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
As hospitals and health systems increasingly adopt EHR infrastructure, there is a growing need to help nursing teams balance between delivering quality patient care and documenting that care on stationary systems that were never optimized for point-of-care nursing use. This has propelled the evolution of the increasingly important role of the nursing informaticist leader in health systems across the country. PatientSafe recognizes that the CNIO will play a crucial role in the healthcare environment over the next decade as the true enabler of information technology that connects strategy, IT, and frontline care delivery.
“Cheryl Parker’s experience as a clinician, informaticist, and educator gives her unique insight into the role that smart point-of-care mobile technology can play in supporting the clinical workforce as well as the strategic goals of the healthcare organizations they serve,” said Joe Condurso, president and chief executive officer of PatientSafe Solutions. “We welcome Cheryl and look forward to her contributions as we build beautiful mobile clinical applications that enable superior care delivery experiences for frontline caregivers and patients. Cheryl’s past experiences position her well to work with nursing informatics leaders as they seek to utilize real-time analytics of high-fidelity data from smart point-of-care mobile technologies and prepare for the incoming era of value-based care.”
Dr. Parker joins at an important time for PatientSafe, on the heels of the company’s expansion into the Canadian and the Asia Pacific healthcare markets, and amidst new features and capabilities for its clinical communications to deliver Connected Patient Care™ product suites.
“The adoption of smartphone-based technologies and applications will reshape healthcare over the next decade. PatientSafe is at the forefront of this movement. Its products support the need for clinicians to access detailed patient and therapy resource information, document as a byproduct of care, communicate with each other using multiple modalities, and develop and implement collaborative care plans – all from a single device that fits in the pocket,” said Dr. Parker. “I’m excited to join the PatientSafe team and use my experience and passion for nursing informatics to fulfill the company’s mission to align the needs of clinicians, patients, and the healthcare system at large.”
About the PatientTouch System
The PatientTouch system is a smart point-of-care mobile solution that pairs PatientSafe’s eMMA™ handheld with software applications designed to improve clinician workflow, ensure accurate medication administration, and foster deeper care coordination and communication. Specific capabilities include barcode positive patient identification (PPID), streamlined mobile data entry, voice-over-IP communication and HIPAA-compliant text messaging, unified task and interventions inbox, and other transdisciplinary workflows. To date, over 300 million medication administrations have been conducted using the PatientTouch system. The PatientTouch Blood Product Administration module, which documents and verifies blood transfusions and phlebotomy specimens, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA.
About PatientSafe Solutions
PatientSafe Solutions (San Diego, California) is leading the way in smart point-of-care mobile solutions and pioneering technologies for the future of accountable care. PatientSafe is dedicated to delivering measurable safety and quality improvements through mobile solutions that extend the EHR and fit seamlessly into care team workflows. With over 75 implementations in the United States, the company’s flagship product, the PatientTouch system, pairs specialized software applications with customized Apple® hardware to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity. For more information, please visit the company’s website atwww.patientsafesolutions.com.
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