A native to American Falls, Jason Povey serves as CIO, Chief Information Officer, to the Power County Hospital. Jason oversees information technology; taking care of information security and making sure the infrastructure is secure.
Excited with all the progress and new changes being made to the hospital, Povey says, “The personalized care that is offered in our small community is what sets us apart from bigger hospitals in our area.”
Upgrading to fiber optic internet has improved the functionality of the hospital, says Povey. “One of the things that I really appreciate about Direct Communications is that they are a growing company, but they haven’t lost that concept of personalized care and treat everyone like family. Direct Communications offers American Falls a partner that is willing to put broadband in whenever wherever someone needs it. To have access to something like that locally, is game changing.”
He adds that being able to send and receive information smoothly and quickly is essential to a growing community.
Now offering Teleservices the hospital has partnered up with EIRMAC and the University of Utah to offer Teleburn and Telestroke. Telecare allows patients who live in rural areas, accessibility to specialists locally. “Telehealth is one of the biggest pushes that we are seeing across the nation. Without access to fast internet these Teleservices would not be possible,” adds Povey.
The expansion provides both emergency and outpatient services, as well as direct access to local clinics in American falls and Aberdeen. Patients and staff also have access to a bariatric lift and a negative pressure room for TB suspected patients. The room keeps the air flowing out of circulation of the general public. The hospital also has IV Therapy services, radiology, PT, a Helipad, and an expanded lab.
These are just a few of the improvements being made. Povey says that all the changes and updates give a better perception of a modern functional facility.
Povey explains how much technology has changed in the 10 years he has been at the hospital. “We use internet every day and for everything, and from a community standpoint if we are going to compete in the 21st Century we got to have the bandwidth to do that. Technology is moving so fast who knows where we are going to be in 5 years. Just the amount of bandwidth necessary is just exponential. You see it even at your house in everyday use. Everything is on the internet.”
With the ever changing and fast paced society, the personalized care that is offered in the small community of American Falls is unique. People want to do a good job and treat each other with respect. Having that kind of individualized care is what truly makes this community special.