Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Nurse is Technology Award Finalist
Clinical Nursing Informatics Applications Coordinator Jeffery Griffith, RN consistently embraces innovation and seeks opportunities to improve the healthcare of Veterans with technology at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Clinical Nursing Informatics is the “Science and practice that integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families and communities worldwide.” Griffith has proven his hard work and dedication to the VA’s mission of changing lives and significantly helping Veterans in need – with the numbers to prove it.
Over the last year Jeffrey has provided superior leadership implementing the Telecare Companion Program. Many Veterans either live completely alone and isolated or are alone during the day while other members of the household are at work. These Veterans are more susceptible to falls or other medical emergencies. The Telecare Companion Program offers remote video and audio monitoring of Veterans at high risk for falls, self-harm, elopement, self-medication and drug diversion. Recognizing the need and positive benefits of this program, Griffith took the lead and provided the clinical, technical and operational oversight for the development and introduction of the program. The Cincinnati VA was the first adopter of the technology nationwide. To get the program up and running, Griffith worked diligently within the medical center and with major local innovators as well as regional and national partners and experts outside our area.
During the first six months of the program the Cincinnati VA saw a 61 percent reduction in falls overall and no falls with major or minor injuries and a 66 percent reduction in the need for one on one sitter’s in the medical surgical units and critical care.
Griffith’s diligence goes beyond the Cincinnati market as well. The Telecare Companion Program has now been shared at VA’s across the nation. This will drive standardization, improve quality, safety and satisfaction; reduce the financial and medical-legal impact of falls and adverse risk events; and lead to better Veteran care across the nation.
While this major project was a huge accomplishment for Griffith, his ongoing support of all areas of nursing and healthcare and his willingness to adapt to change while embracing lifelong learning has been an invaluable asset to the medical center and the Veteran community. He has led other major projects both locally and regionally including a software implementation for critical care/anesthesia which improved quality and safety. He has proposed electronic solutions to multiple requests in the critical care environment. He participates in performance improvement and analyzes/interprets data from the national VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program, and he serves on the VISN Informatics Council. He has been consistently recognized for his outstanding work as he continues to embrace innovation and seek opportunities to improve healthcare processes by implementing the use of technology.
“Jeffrey’s expertise is invaluable to the success of the VA Medical Center,” said Administrative Chief Surgical Service Beth Ackerson, RN, MSN, CNOR. “Jeffrey’s clinical background gives him a unique understanding of the problems and challenges we face in providing care for our Veterans. Combine that with his technological expertise and you have an individual who can create solutions where others could not. He is a compassionate advocate who works hard for all of the Veterans who receive care at the Cincinnati VA.”
Thank you to Administrative Chief Surgical Service Beth Ackerson, RN, MSN, CNOR and Clinical Nursing Informatics Applications Coordinator Jeffrey Griffith, RN for sharing this information.
Lisa Hollenbeck is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, HI and served as a Trumpet player in the Marine Forces Pacific Band.
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