Medical Device Integration Blog

CONNECT: Coming Together . . . for Better Patient Care

Posted by Michelle Grate, RN MSN CPHIMS on Mar 12, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Capsule-Icon-CONNECTAONE brings together nursing leadership, new medical research, breaking technologies, care trends and so much more. It provides attendees with an unmatched opportunity to share information, interact and inspire. The result is a vastly expanded perspective on the state of patient care today and its promise for the future.

On another level, as clinicians, we also know that a similar broad view of patient information—particularly information from medical devices—will result in a significantly better perspective on the state of individual patients as we care for them today. It will help us look ahead and optimize treatment for the future.

Until now, a complete, integrated picture of device data was extremely difficult to obtain. Medical devices typically acquire and display data as isolated information, often in incompatible formats, making it difficult to consolidate and view in a larger landscape of meaning.

Recently, Capsule introduced a new paradigm for viewing and using device data with the first Medical Device Integration System (MDIS), which we are proud to display here at AONE. Capsule’s new SmartLinxÔ MDIS connects with an almost limitless range of patient devices—across all vendors and models—and neutralizes, manages and shares the data from these device as part of an integrated system, rather than as a group of disconnected solutions.

These data may originate in multiple environments—the hospital, long-term care facility, ambulatory clinic and even the home. Whatever the source, data automatically flows to a consolidated patient record in a designated healthcare IT system, most often an electronic medical record (EMR).

MDIS device connectivity forges other important connections as well. Clinicians can spend more time interacting with patients because SmartLinx frees them from the time-consuming burden of recording data and then re-keying it into an electronic system. Moreover, because clinicians access these data through an integrated digital patient record, they have a more connected, global view of the patient’s condition.  

SmartLinx connects patients with their bedside devices and accurately associates device data with the appropriate record as it flows to the EMR. A vast library of device data interfaces helps enable this by connecting device data to the network. Naturally, it takes a sophisticated underlying network infrastructure to connect the MDIS to individual devices and move data rapidly and securely to its endpoint.

The future promises to make this integrated picture of device data even easier to acquire and to display to help busy clinicians. Who knows what the future will bring? But, at meetings such as AONE, we all have a chance to at least have a peek at its potential and what may lie ahead.

Do any of your hospital’s medical devices directly send data to a digital patient record?

If you’re still manually keying in device data, how would you spend the extra time if this burdensome task just went away?


Stay tuned for tomorrow's #AONE14 blog post:


Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Nurses, Medical Device Information System, Clinical