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Capsule’s SmartLinx Foreshadows Future of Data Analytics

Posted by Guest Blogger: Phil Colpas on Mar 25, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Prior to HIMSS 2014, I attended a Google+ Hangout session in which Capsule’s own Stuart Long and Kevin Phillips discussed their latest project, SmartLinx™, which was unveiled at the HIMSS conference.

Long on the cutting edge of data analytics with its point-of-care (POC) solutions, Capsule has spent the past few years looking at how healthcare policy drives data. With the HiTech Act incentivizing providers to transition from paper to paperless digital records, the healthcare community has become fairly adept at collecting patient data. Effectively utilizing that data, however, has proved problematic.

With SmartLinx, Capsule tackles the problem of data use head on.

“Connect. Monitor. Analyze. Act!” is the four-step litmus test Capsule applies to all of its solutions to ensure they are helping end-users retrieve real-time data from patients and getting it to wherever it needs to go in a timely fashion.

SmartLinx is being touted as healthcare’s first medical device information system (MDIS), connecting and integrating all POC medical devices, allowing for true analysis and utilization of real-time patient data, completely redefining patient monitoring to enable life-saving action.

Capsule’s most recent offering also addresses specific market concerns, including:

  • Core connectivity. As hospitals deploy connectivity for their devices, staff soon realizes that all pertinent devices should be connected. Yet critical care areas still regularly see upwards of seven additional devices that aren’t connected. Capsule has amassed the world’s largest library of device data interfaces – nearly 700 – giving end-users the very real possibility of 100-percent device integration and interoperability across all systems.
  • Mobile monitoring. The solution offers customizable capabilities, such as tracking, data that enables alarms and alerts, user I.D., patient I.D., and timestamps and locations of where a device was used.
  • Ease of use and safety. The software features an early warning scoring system and elements that will include detection of patient deterioration and recommended actions. A great deal can be determined regarding patient condition and diagnosis by retrieving the data from the POC in real time and observing how that data is changing.

SmartLinx’ primary use is to get pertinent patient data from POC devices to wherever it needs to go, as quickly as possible. The new solution will communicate any connectivity issues, log them and send that info downstream. Through its communication of data to electronic medical records, it can save the up-to-an-hour delay between generating data and inputting it to the EMR.

From all connected devices, the solution captures device information, including serial numbers, firmware versions, when each device is connected to what department and how long each has been in use. The solution also surveys the micro-data coming off the patient in real time, observing miniscule and significant changes that will help in early detection and diagnosis – hopefully before the patient begins to deteriorate. Thus, SmartLinx Medical Device Information System is providing analytics on the operational IT side and patient and device data on the clinical side.

Welcome to the future of data analytics: An active monitoring solution with the ability to receive critical info that needs to be acted upon immediately.


About the author: Phil Colpas is CEO of Consider It Written, which specializes in healthcare IT content creation. He is former managing editor of Health Management Technology magazine.


Tags: Medical Device Information System, Clinical Analytics