As we prepare for the 2014 International MUSE Conference, I think it is appropriate to comment on the role of medical device integration (MDI) in today’s healthcare information technology infrastructure. There are some who believe that MDI is something reserved for the “big dogs” because they have hundreds of devices and beds, and dozens of departments throughout their enterprise that feed data to EMR systems. But, in reality, device integration is not only for the biggest and “baddest” dogs. It is just as suitable for the small and mighty in healthcare as well.
Small- and medium-sized hospitals can successfully take advantage of MDI solutions that will deliver important patient information to the flow sheet, while reducing the need for clinical staff to manually chart the patient data. And, of course, in addition to the clinical benefits of having these data in the EMR in near real-time, MDI allows the clinical staff to increase the amount of time to deliver more direct care to the patient. In hospitals where staffing resources may be even tighter than larger hospitals, this extra time afforded to patient care is a valuable commodity.
A true medical device information system is compatible with hundreds of medical devices and can transmit data to virtually any EMR system. Capsule, for example, has successfully integrated with EMRs at all sizes of healthcare organizations, including many MEDITECH systems with Client/Server, MAGIC, and 6.0 versions with deployments in the OR, ICU, Med-surg, PACU and many other areas of the healthcare environment.
Visit us at this year’s MUSE Conference at (Booth 205) to learn more about Capsule’s deployment setup for a MEDITECH system and to see our featured new products, Vitals Stream with Secure Association (positive patient identification) and Chart Xpress with Early Warning Scoring System in action. Stop by to see how Capsule can provide MDI solutions for “dogs” of all sizes.