A Leap Forward as a 'Smart Hospital'
- Realization of patient-centered precision medicine based on medical big data.
- Patient safety and convenience in medical procedures expected to improve through standardization
Dankook University Hospital (Hospital Director Kim Jae-il) officially commenced operation of DAN-TE (DANkook Technologic Electronic medical record), a next-generation hospital information system (HIS), on the 1st to effectively address the rapidly changing digital healthcare environment.
The name 'DAN-TE' was chosen through an open contest among faculty and staff. This integrated system standardizes the hospital's scattered systems, including medical treatments, electronic medical records, order communication systems (OCS), and the medical imaging information storage and transmission system (PACS), extending even to general management. With the introduction of this system, the hospital anticipates ▲ the realization of personalized precision medicine, ▲ leadership in bio-medical research, ▲ expansion of medical services to underserved areas, ▲ advanced medical communication systems, and ▲ improved patient convenience and clinical efficiency.
In preparation for the new hospital information system, Dankook University Hospital has been conducting user training sessions for doctors, nurses, and administrative staff since June. Moreover, in August, to ensure the system functioned without issues, rehearsals were conducted on three different occasions and staff members played the roles of outpatients, inpatients, and emergency department patients to test the treatment processes and rectify any errors.
Woo Seung-hoon, the head of the Computer Information Department (and a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology) at Dankook University Hospital, who led this initiative, commented, "With the new IT system in place, there may be initial delays in treatments, but in the long run, the standardization of treatment processes will significantly enhance patient safety and convenience in medical procedures." He added, "Through the establishment of this next-generation hospital information system, we aim to provide a better medical environment for medical professionals and patients alike, thereby elevating regional healthcare standards and making a leap toward becoming a smart hospital."
Last year, Dankook University Hospital embarked on this monumental journey to build a next-generation hospital information system in collaboration with the digital healthcare company Easy Care Tech, targeting a launch date of September 1 of this year. The company has received recognition for successfully implementing the next-generation HIS, BESTCare2.0, in major hospitals such as Seoul National University Hospital, Bundang Seoul National University Hospital, and Dongsan Medical Center, thereby elevating the level of information and communication technology (ICT) in these institutions.