The handful of medical methods that were truly effective 80 years ago has now mushroomed to more than 40,000 recognized medical and surgical procedures. In the 1970s, a typical hospital patient visit involved treatment by just over two FTE clinicians. It now calls for a team of 15 doctors and nurses. At times, the technology used to treat a case can barely fit into a patient’s room—a quick glance around the HIMSS exhibit floor suggests this is no exaggeration.
Whether human, technology, or information—every component of a healthcare enterprise is becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized at an ever-accelerating pace. Simultaneously, in this extremely complex patient care environment, these elements are frequently applied in isolation. In essence, one clinician’s hand may be unaware of what another clinician’s hand is doing, or plans to do in the future.
Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon, journalist and internationally recognized healthcare thought leader agrees. He believes the resulting disconnect in healthcare delivery is the root of many of today’s problems, from skyrocketing costs to escalating medical mistakes. According to Dr. Gawande, health care resources must be optimized to work together as a system—and often a system of systems—to make the most of today’s extraordinary medical talent and technology, while controlling cost. Medical organizations that implement systems that bring all care components together have by far the best and most cost-effective results.*
With that in mind, at HIMSS 2014, Capsule leverages its longtime leadership in device integration to introduce the first medical device information system (MDIS) – a system expressly designed to incorporate device data more seamlessly into the healthcare environment and focus on the actionable intelligence it provides. Capsule’s new SmartLinx MDIS represents a major paradigm shift in device data management by going beyond simply linking devices and information. SmartLinx brings device data together into a single unified system that first takes it where it needs to go—typically the EMR – and then adds new intelligence through analytics, equipment management, and OTHER TANGIBLE ASPECTS OF THE SYSTEM. It also provides powerful new functionality such as active monitoring and OTHER NEW FEATURES. Information can be accessed through this one integrated IT system by any authorized clinician throughout the hospital and beyond.
In the coming days, this blog will discuss more about how this new approach helps hospitals leverage the full value of device data through a system of related processes—connecting, monitoring, analyzing and acting.
We’ll discuss how the MDIS empowers human systems—clinical teams to better accomplish patient care; administrative teams to dive deeply into analytics; and even biomedical teams to help maintain the MDIS keep at peak performance. If you’re here at HIMSS, be sure to stop by the Capsule booth to find out more about this first-hand and to see the future of enterprise medical device information in action.
How does your hospital manage device data today? Is there room for improvement?
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"CONNECT: Healthcare is not a Lonely Island"
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