Medical Device Integration Blog

INFOGRAPHIC: The Power of Medical Device Data

Posted by Capsule on Jul 15, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

Only 10% of ventilator device data is used by healthcare organizations

As the global industry leader in medical device information systems (MDIS), Capsule has an exceptional view of this unique domain in the healthcare IT industry. Today, an average 200-bed hospital manages hundreds of medical devices generating millions of data variables each day for hundreds of patients. For example, a typical ventilator generates a staggering 305 data parameters per second. With all of this data produced from just a ventilator (imagine the amount of data for patients attached to multiple devices), only 10% is being used and sent to an electronic medical record (EMR) for automated charting. Hence, the question…

Tags: Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Medical Device Information System, Medical Device Data

AMIA Task Force Calls for Simplification and Speed in EHR Use

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Jun 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Report Cites MDIS as an Important Way to Meet EHR Goals

The American Medical Information Association (AMIA) Task Force report on the status and future direction of electronic health records (EHRs) is out. And not surprisingly, it finds EHR systems are a mixed blessing. While cutting down information silos, the technology also cuts down physician efficiency and patient care time. As a result, taking full advantage of an EHR’s enhanced patient information is often extremely difficult.

Tags: Patient Data, Workflow, Industry Forecast, Medical Device Information System, Clinical Documentation

Keeping your medical devices healthy

Posted by Monica Demers on May 28, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

Today’s broad array of sophisticated medical devices helps save countless lives. But nothing’s perfect—just ask your biomedical engineering team!  The management of device operations from an engineering standpoint can be difficult and time consuming in a busy, every-changing hospital environment.  Proper management of medical devices ensures patient safety, while safeguarding the value of costly device assets.  But, according to ECRI’s Top 10 Technology Hazard List, as the number of devices in hospitals expands, they often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of device recall and safety alerts.

Tags: Healthcare Technology, Medical Device Information System, Operational Analytics, Medical Device Data, Medical Device Infrastructure

Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

Five life lessons I learned from a nurse

Posted by W. Jeffrey Rice on May 13, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

Mother’s Day and National Nurses Week are two celebrations that for me fall perfectly into place. I have always been grateful to have a mother who raised me to have strong values, high morals, and integrity. However, until now I never considered how many of these traits came directly from her role as a Registered Nurse. Throughout her career she demonstrated her belief system through her actions, how she cared for her patients and the experiences she shared.

Tags: Nurses, Nursing Stories, Nurses Week

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