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Slow Down To Achieve Expected Results with Medical Device Integration in Med-Surg

Posted by Ken Choquette on Oct 15, 2014 @ 03:00 PM


“Slow Down” may not be words people use when talking about device integration.  Not all device integration initiatives are created equal.  Achieving results within med-surg units requires a bit more clinical involvement than it does in a higher acuity unit. 

Frequently, organizations want to move too fast, which undermines the value of integrating devices in these units, frustrates the implementation team, and worse, destroys end user adoption.  Neglecting the clinicians’ workflow or not conducting a network assessment in the med-surg area could render the system as unusable.  Usually, this is the result of not involving the implementation team in the device integration roll-out and hence, they’re not understanding the issue(s) you are trying to solve.

The decision for device integration in med-surg is the “starting gun” to set goals and to set the finish line.  Start by finding a baseline. 

  • What are you trying to solve with device integration in med-surg? 
  • Who currently collects the data?  How is it collected? 
  • How is data entered into the patient record?  
  • How much clinical time does documentation take away from nursing? 

We know that these are not always the easiest answers to obtain prior to integration, but knowing the current state from start to finish will help an organization set the right expectations for how device integration can improve the efficiency and safety of the existing workflows – and better yet, quantify it.

By taking a little time in beginning of the project – by SLOWING down at the start – your implementation will stay on track and result in FAST adoption and a success story for all to share.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Implementation, Medical Device Infrastructure

ACT! Making the Big Picture Smaller . . . and Bigger Again

Posted by Ken Choquette on Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Capsule-Icon-ACTThink globally. Act locally. The phrase is particularly appropriate in today’s medical environment when it comes to the role of medical data in caregiving. While integrated hospital-wide device data provides physicians with a broad patient picture, as specialists they can only act on this information as it affects their own care area. They must act locally, so to speak, while keeping the big picture in mind.

But once a physician has prescribed a treatment, how does the medical team continue to act as a system? Once again, medical device data can come to the rescue—broad-based continuous patient data provides feedback not only on the impact of care in one isolated area, but on the patient overall. Did an action have unintended or unanticipated consequences beyond the expertise of the ordering physician? That feedback might prompt the doctor to take another action—perhaps make a change in the treatment plan, prescribe an additional medication or confer with another specialist.   Better information will not only allow clinicians to act, but to interact more and to react more quickly when needed.

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