An HIT Moment with ... is a quick interview with someone we find interesting. Dave Engelhardt is president of ReadyDock of West Hartford, CT.
What problems do hospitals have with iPads that ReadyDock solves?
Hospitals deploying a pool of tablets for distribution to patients or healthcare personnel need a place to securely store and charge them. In addition, these tablets also need to be periodically disinfected. If a patient touches a tablet, the device should be disinfected before providing it to another patient, especially if a patient is known to be on precautions.
The ReadyDock platform serves as a home base for these tablets. You know when you grab a tablet that it is charged, disinfected, and safe for use.
What evidence exists that tablets used in hospitals require disinfection?
Tablets used in the clinical environment are roaming high-touch surfaces. They require the same consideration with respect to cleaning and disinfection of other high-touch surfaces. These high-touch surfaces can serve as reservoirs for dangerous microorganisms and can harbor them for days, weeks, or even months. This in turn can cause infections in patients and healthcare workers.
It is for this reason that significant R&D has gone into developing an engineered solution that integrates with the existing workflow of secure storage and charging while at the same time provide a process to consistently and automatically disinfect tablets without the use of chemicals. The efficacy of the system’s general-purpose disinfection has been validated in controlled studies by Yale-New Haven Hospital’s microbiology lab.
How would hospitals that allow staff and patients to use their own devices use ReadyDock?
ReadyDock can disinfect an iPad in less than 60 seconds. ReadyDock can serve as a disinfecting processor for tablets and other mobile devices such as smart phones upon entering the building, between patients, and before going home for the day.
Describe the process and time required to run an iPad through a disinfection cycle.
When a tablet is placed in a ReadyDock for secure storage and charging, the system puts it in a disinfection queue and the tablet is automatically disinfected. If a user only needs to only disinfect their device, they have the option to have it disinfected immediately. Total cycle time to disinfect in this mode is about one minute.
How does the CleanMe app help improve user compliance?
CleanMe is an easy to use software app available free in the iTunes store that allows users to setup their own personal cleaning and disinfection policy. Users can configure what days and hours they work within a clinical environment and how often they would like to be reminded to clean and disinfect their devices. For instance, they can insure that they are reminded to clean & disinfect before they go home, clean twice a day, etc.
Of course, when it tells them to disinfect, the app documents that they did. This in turn will help users improve compliance. By design, the workflow of storing a device in a ReadyDock unit will ensure that disinfection occurs automatically along with secure storage and charging.