Saint Elizabeth tests mobile computers
Ont. – Saint Elizabeth Health Care has chosen Windsor as the site of a
pilot project to test the use of tablet computers by visiting nurses.
The nurses will use Motion Computing’s C5 tablet computer, which
contains an integrated camera.
Among other applications, the new technology will enable a nurse to use
the computer to photograph a patient’s wound, e-mail the image to a
wound specialist and receive directions on how to treat it – while still
in the patient’s home. That way, the wound can be treated faster and
Toronto-based Saint Elizabeth Health Care, which provides at-home
nursing, support care and rehabilitation services, is one of the first
healthcare organizations in Canada to receive the portable electronic
tablets, roughly the size of a clipboard.
“Saint Elizabeth Health Care is a pioneer when it comes to providing
cutting-edge technology solutions for optimal in-home patient care,”
said Roy French, CIO of Information Services for SEHC. “We are confident
our nurses will experience significant time and cost-saving performance
when using the C5s, so we have plans to expand the solution rapidly to
our nursing staff, who conduct three million home care visits each
The tablets and the software they run on allow nurses to access a
client’s chart and history with a few clicks, fill out forms online,
take photographs and instantly communicate with doctors and specialists
in their offices.
In June, a few SEHC nurses in Windsor were given the tablets to use on
their daily rounds. The home-care organization is planning to have the
pilot project out in full force by September, said SEHC President and
CEO Shirlee Sharkey, who is originally from Windsor.
“We call it user-acceptance testing,” Sharkey said in an interview. “We
want to make sure that our nurses are comfortable with using the
technology.” If the Windsor pilot project is successful, SEHC will use
the tablets elsewhere across the province, Sharkey said.
SEHC has about 210 front-line staff in the Windsor area who made 290,000
home visits last year.
“With the tablets, you are able to provide a higher quality of care,”
Sharkey said. “Nurses are often burdened with a lot of indirect care
work, or busy work, such as the redundancy of filling out forms.”
She said the electronic tablets allow nurses to spend more time focusing
on the client and less time doing paperwork.
The ability to communicate with doctors and specialists in real-time and
to access medical databases on the spot is a big advantage, she said.
“You have support for the nurses’ decision-making and information is
About Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Saint Elizabeth Health Care is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable
organization that shares its talent and wisdom nationally and
internationally through direct care and service, consultation, and
education and e-learning to support the transformation of care for
families, health organizations and communities. With nearly a century of
experience and a dynamic talent team of 3,700, SEHC delivers three
million home care visits annually and has been recognized as both one of
the 50 Best Employers and Best Workplaces in Canada.
About Motion Computing
Motion Computing is a mobile computing and wireless communications
leader, combining world-class innovation and industry experience so
professionals in vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales and
service and government can use computing technology in new ways and
places. The company’s enhanced line of tablet PCs, mobile clinical
assistants and accessories are designed to increase productivity for
on-the-go users while providing portability, security, power and
versatility. Motion combines those products with services and unique
vertical market knowledge to deliver robust solutions, platforms,
peripherals, services and wireless customized for the needs of a
particular industry. For more information, visit