The Albany-based health care network CDPHP committed $1.4 million Thursday to patient safety and quality care initiatives at Albany Medical Center, a donation made based on a “shared vision” between the hospital and the network.
The funding will provide for timelier clinical decision-making and intervention, according to an Albany Med news release. It will support advances in an electronic patient information system, a patient tracking system and a $100,000 donation to Albany Medical College.
“Patient safety is central to high-quality care,” said CDPHP president and CEO John Bennett. “I applaud Albany Medical Center and support its continued investment in technologies and initiatives that will deliver the highest quality patient care with safety, efficiency and cost sustainability.”
Part of the funding will go toward Albany Med’s electronic Pharmacy/Medication Administration Check System, a system known as MAK that displays patient information to ensure they get the correct medications. It also allows for a speedier process of prescribing, dosing and dispensing medications.
The funding will also help support the hospital’s Horizon Enterprise Visibility Patient Tracking System, which lets staff quickly monitor and assess each patient’s location and needs through the use of multiple, large flat screen monitors.
Albany Med President and CEO James Barba pointed out the hospital’s relationship with CDPHP, which has supported Albany Med for 22 years through special projects, events and scholarships.
“This leadership commitment made by [Bennett] and his institution’s board of directors is a very powerful statement about the depth and significance of our partnership and we are grateful,” Barba said in the release.
In addition, $100,000 will go toward Albany Medical College’s new Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center. The facility uses actors, patient mannequins and computer-based simulators to show patient care scenarios.