UAB Hospital
How a unique connectivity solution from
Welch Allyn and Cerner helped UAB Hospital to
experience significant increases in satisfaction,
efficiency and savings.

Presented by:
Chris McKay, Systems Analyst at UAB Hospital

Lori P. Silva, Registered Nurse at UAB Hospital

UAB Hospital // Birmingham, AL
Welch Allyn, a leading medical device manufacturer, and Cerner, a premier EMR software provider, have partnered to create a unique data integration. Tune in to learn how UAB hospital used this unique connectivity strategy to improve patient medical records and experienced improvements in patient safety, workflow, accuracy of data and time at bedside. Targeted to clinical staff charged with ensuring accurate and timely patient data in the electronic medical record, these brief, educational presentations will also provide information about the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor and related Cerner services.

UAB Hospital
About UAB Hospital
UAB is among the largest academic medical centers in the nation, and UAB Health System is providing the highest quality of health care to its state and region, treating well over one million patients annually. With its rich history of medical breakthroughs, UAB excels at not only delivering, but also developing leading-edge care—effectively translating discoveries made in its laboratories into the newest generation treatments and therapies.

Over the past few years, UAB has used the data integration technologies of Welch Allyn and Cerner to improve patient medical records. As a result, their caliber of care and services continues to attract patients in increasing numbers, as physicians, researchers and staff work in a unique culture of collaboration and innovation that continues to earn international renown.

Chris McKay
Chris McKay, Systems Analyst, UAB Hospital
Chris holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Health Administration. His UAB career began in 2005, as a Clinical Engineer in the Biomed department where he managed the purchase and install of medical devices for multiple ICUs.
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Lori Silva
Lori Silva, Registered Nurse, UAB Hospital
A Registered Nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Lori graduated from the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in 1994.
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Chris McKay
Key Clinical Issues at UAB Hospital Before Implementing Welch Allyn Connected Devices with Cerner EMR
  • The time and effort it took for nurses to manually document vital signs was a drain on productivity and nurse satisfaction
  • Nurses were more focused on vitals data entry than on caring for their patients
  • There was a need and desire to align to the Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) framework, which could best be met by implementing an integrated EMR with connected devices

Chris McKay
The Benefits of Implementing Welch Allyn Connected Devices with Cerner EMR
  • Nursing authentication and positive patient identification are valuable for improving patient safety
  • Immediate access to confirmed vital signs readings improves staff productivity
  • An end-to-end solution with integrated devices is critical to the overall efficiency and effectiveness of patient care

Chris McKay
Measuring the Benefits of Implementing Welch Allyn Connected Devices with Cerner EMR
  • Vital signs capture times in the trial environment were reduced by 50%
  • Small savings add up—the 49 nursing units are predicted to save 9800 hours or more per year
  • UAB hospital is experiencing significantly increased financial outcomes, improved patient safety and happier nurses


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