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Rural hospitals use new technology to efficiently manage beds and transfers

When you’re the only critical access hospital around for hundreds of miles, you’d better have the resources for treating patients in need of emergency care—or the means for quickly and effectively getting patients to the care they need.

At Rice County District Hospital in Lyons, Kansas, staff are using patient placement technology to coordinate care for both patients inside the 25-bed, level 4 hospital, and those needing to be transferred to another facility. The platform integrates local EMS and other transport services, such as helicopters and planes, with health systems hundreds of miles away who have the specialists necessary to treat a critically injured patient.

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