Tristen Castro has had a lifelong curiosity in know-how.
Now the Digital Technique Medical Lead at Niagara Well being, Tristen’s curiosity in autonomous automobiles goes again to elementary college science class within the Nineteen Nineties. Again then, he was fascinated by self-driving automobiles and the innovation wanted to determine tips on how to transfer a car safely via the streets of Niagara Falls.
“I bear in mind doing a science challenge,” Tristen says. “It was all about how know-how may assist make driving safer and cut back the chance human error brings to driving. Ever since then, I’ve been excited about how know-how can enhance our security, save us time and the numerous methods it could actually improve our lives.”
He not too long ago accepted a brand new place at Niagara Well being with the objective of determining how know-how can improve the expertise of sufferers and healthcare suppliers, and improve effectivity and security for our group and the well being system in Niagara.
Previous to taking the position as Digital Technique Medical Lead on the challenge group that can construct Niagara Well being’s fashionable hospital data system, Tristen labored as a nurse within the Emergency Division on the Niagara Falls web site.
“I turned a nurse as a result of I needed to assist individuals and make a distinction,” he says. Now, he’s able to make a distinction in a brand new method – connecting with nurses and interprofessionals from throughout the group to collectively construct a system aimed toward serving to our clinicians ship higher take care of sufferers.
When the brand new hospital data system launches within the spring of 2024, it can permit clinicians to simply entry medical data for sufferers, see particulars about any medicines they’re taking, discover details about their previous visits and extra. Amongst different advantages, it can improve affected person security, cut back duplication and repetition, enrich communication with sufferers, and extra.
“The hospital data system shouldn’t be going to be a driverless automotive,” Tristen says. “Our clinicians will nonetheless be within the driver’s seat as a result of healthcare is all about human interplay. However it’s going to assist us have entry to the knowledge we want, once we want it, permit us to be extra environment friendly and correct, and assist us to keep away from asking our sufferers the identical questions time and again.
“On the finish of the day, that is all about enhancing affected person care and affected person security,” he provides.
Having a contemporary hospital data system will permit clinicians to focus extra on their sufferers and offering high quality care, and fewer on administrative duties like discovering medical data or deciphering squiggly handwriting.
The brand new hospital data system could have a number of useful options to reinforce affected person security. These will embody issues like choice help and the flexibility to make use of analytics and developments to supply scientific strategies and alerts, which is able to make care extra environment friendly and optimize decision-making.
You might not discover Tristen behind the wheel of a self-driving automotive simply but, however he’s all concerning the options that make his personal driving safer and more practical from utilizing lane help to blind-spot know-how to counting on his GPS for recommendations on the place to go.
As a clinician, he’s trying ahead to including know-how that can make his day-to-day work safer, more practical and higher for his sufferers.
“Know-how has the ability to remove loads of the stressors in our lives – whether or not meaning a affected person could be seen remotely via a digital care program or that we simply have easy accessibility to the knowledge we want after they are available in to see us. Know-how will help us in so some ways,” Tristen says. “I can’t look forward to the day we launch our new hospital data system and it could actually begin to profit our clinicians, sufferers, their households and our communities.”