Management and Education Services for Healthcare (MESH): Tools to support your workload and staffing needs

UW Health Management and Education Services for Healthcare (MESH) works with our regional hospital partners in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois by designing systems that help nurse leaders determine workload requirements and staffing needs.
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Overview

What can MESH do?

Management and Education Services for Healthcare (MESH) is a patient- and family-centered acuity classification and staffing system designed to identify what makes each patient's care unique. UW Health's MESH team provides services at organizations of all sizes throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

  • Support nurse staffing based on patient population with web-based staffing software

  • Provides real-time analytical data

  • Supports customer service, staff education, quality improvement and safety and regulatory compliance reporting

  • Help identify what make each patient population unique

  • Provide a cost-effective staffing model

  • Identify best practices

  • Provide benchmarks with similar organizations

  • Draw real-time data from patient charts

  • Interface with time and attendance software to see actual scheduled staffing hours

Staffing modules

Module categories

  • Supports medical/surgical, obstetrics, pediatric, rehab and intensive care units

  • Provides tools designed specifically for obstetric and new-born patients

  • Uses patient census to determine staffing for next shift

  • Reviews actual patient census and staffing hours to help determine future budgets

  • Allows data transit via HL7 and Secure FTP with a VPN connection

  • Supports emergency and urgent care units

  • Designs resource list and diagnosis codes to cover all patient types

  • Electronic patient log designed to provide real-time data

  • ADT interface which utilizes data transfer via HL7 within a VPN connection

  • Supports ambulatory surgical care units

  • Provides tools based on patient population and providers for all patient types

  • Uses patient census to determine staffing for next shift

  • Reviews actual patient census and staffing hours to help determine future budgets

  • Allows data transit via HL7 and Secure FTP with a VPN connection

  • Supports inpatient behavioral health units

  • Tools designed using a multidisciplinary patient care approach

  • Uses patient census to determine staffing for next shift

  • Reviews actual patient census and staffing hours to help determine future budgets

  • Allows data transit via HL7 and Secure FTP with a VPN connection

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Data is securely stored on SQL servers at UW Health in Madison, WI using industry-standard security requirements.

UW Health has received an "A" security rating from Qualsys security systems.

Updates are performed by UW Health IT specialists.  Routine scheduled updates are communicated by email and posted on the login screen. If an emergency update is needed, we will communicate by telephone or email.

You will need Windows 10 or Internet Explorer 11 to use MESH with VPN connectivity between your organization and UW Health.

UW Health has a 24/7 help desk trained to field technical issues, with on-call staff available at all times.

The MESH team is able to answer questions and provide training to assist users with navigating the system. Phone calls and webinars are complimentary for all users.