Vanderbilt LifeFlight introduces mobile Haiku app, improving in-flight patient care

Posted: 8:22 AM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 09:22:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Accessing medical records quickly is so important during a medical emergency. Now, Vanderbilt is getting patient information on the fly.

"Paper records are so easy to write but you can never find them when you need them," said Corey Slovis, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Now, Vanderbilt is equipping their LifeFlight crews with "Haiku" -- a mobile app.

Danny Bridges is a LifeFlight nurse. He says accessing a patient's medical information out in the field is a game changer.

"We can open it up. We can see the patients pre-existing health conditions, any medication that they’re on," he said.

This is especially important with patients who have extensive medical histories, severe drug allergies, a transplant patient, or someone who has had multiple procedures.

"The sicker you are, the more complicated the patient, the more important this system is," said Slovis, "Some of our patients can’t talk to us. They might be having an acute stroke, they might be intubated with the breathing tube, they may be unconscious, they may even be comatose."

Slovis says integrating new technology in the sky and the ER only improves patient care.