Medical Device Integration Blog

InteGREATion: If you haven’t considered MDI…

Posted by Capsule on Nov 04, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Hundreds… thousands of medical devices, all monitoring and recording data for a hospital full of patients, data which is the lifeblood of a hospital. All of that data is presumably flowing into electronic medical records (EMRs). Or is it? In hospitals that have not implemented medical device integration (MDI), clinicians face a frustrating process of not only manually recording device data somewhere, only to have to re-enter it in the EMR, but also experiencing delays in gaining access to information that can give them an accurate, near real time picture of a patient’s condition.  Many of the EMR’s numerous benefits for clinicians and patients are untapped. Moreover, it’s a process prone to mistakes and inaccuracies in the patient record.

Introducing device integration alleviates this problem. MDI automatically and directly sends data to the EMR. Not only does this make clinicians’ lives much easier and leaves more time for direct patient care – which is clearly preferred over recording and transcribing data – but it also delivers some critical benefits worth considering.

  1. Timely. Data is always timely, even if clinicians have been pulled away to another case. It can be shared in near-real-time instead of hours passing by before charted data is actually entered in to the EMR at the end of a shift.

  2. Accurate. Patient data is more accurate. Transcription and submission to the EMR can’t be overlooked or forgotten as nurses are pulled in countless directions. MDI makes it happen in an automated fashion, while nurses are caring for the patients, interacting with their families, or performing other patient-focused tasks.

  3. Frequent. Vital data is transmitted more frequently. With integration, data reaches those who need it in a steady stream rather than in batches. Simply open a patient’s electronic record and verify that it’s the right data in the record at the right time. This is much better than the manual method of keying it into the computer after it has already been scribbled on a notepad.

  4. Concise. Data is more concise, providing grids and flow sheets that make tracking and trending easier than with narrative data. And, since many EMRs display a trending analysis automatically in real time, nurses and doctors can easily see how the patient is doing over time.

  5. More time. Clinicians have more time. Pure and simple. While some technological advances unfortunately take caregivers away from the bedside, device integration can free them to be at a patient’s bedside more often. It permits a shift that emphasizes greater focus on patient care—which is why many nurses choose a healthcare career in the first place, right?

Are your hospital’s devices integrated yet? Do you have any specific stories about the benefits?

Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Patient Data