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PODCAST: Deploying device integration within med-surg care units

Posted by Capsule on Sep 24, 2015 @ 04:00 AM


Convergence & Collaboration Podcast: Episode 2

Listen to this podcast episode of Capsule’s Convergence & Collaboration Show and discover the positive impact medical device data can have on your clinical workflow. In this 14 minute podcast our guest will share how the implementation of advanced technology enabling periodic vital signs to be entered into the patient’s record electronically, before the clinician leaves the bedside, improved nurse efficiency aiding an academic medical center to deliver a higher level of care to more patients in less time and without any increased staffing costs.

Amy Hester, PhD, BSN, RN, BC, talks about her experience deploying device integration.

Amy Hester of UAMS Medical School imparts her 20 years of nursing experience and doctoral candidate education with Capsule CNO, Sue Niemeier, RN, BSN, MHA. As the Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at UAMS Medical Center, Ms. Hester has overseen the deployment of various medical technologies and in this program, we explore:

  • Past challenges UAMS Medical School experienced using device integration (2:30)
  • UAMS Medical School’s requirements for deploying device integration including care units, infrastructure, user interface, and automated status notifications that would allow the medical center to reach the most patients and engage the most staff (3:38)
  • How the decentralization of progressive care at the hospital helped influence the decision to integrate devices in med-surg environments (6:00)
  • The benefits of medical device integration (MDI) in lower acuity care settings., including staff satisfaction and recruitment (7:08)

Listen or download the entire interview now. The podcast is 14 minutes long, the perfect length to listen to during your daily commute, lunch break, or a brisk walk.


Did you know?

Here are some quick stats from a UAMS Medical Center qualitative survey of RNs, PCTs or MDs after medical device integration (MDI).

  • Over 90% of staff reported MDI was safe
  • Over 90% of staff stated MDI was effective way to document vital signs
  • Over 85% of staff surveyed preferred documenting through MDI vs. manual
  • In an open-ended question, respondents perceived with MDI they were able to spend more quality time with their patients

Host: Susan Niemeier, RN, BSN, MHA, CNO at CapsuleTech, Inc.

Susan Niemeier has 20 years of experience in healthcare, beginning her nursing career in complex clinical environments, inspiring her understand the relationship between technologies, the role of the nurse and the impact on patient outcomes. As the Chief Nursing Officer for Capsule, Ms. Niemeier aligns Capsule’s solutions with the requirements of the professional nurse and the care delivery process. Prior to joining Capsule, Ms. Niemeier's lead clinical operations for a RTLS company, where she worked to improve operations, clinical effectiveness and staff & patient satisfaction using RFID. Previously at Ascension Health in Missouri, Ms. Niemeier was responsible for researching, and developing innovative tools and methodologies to transform the physical environment, system efficiency and clinical workflow.

About Convergence & Collaboration

Conversations on the catalysts, changes, and challenges in healthcare technology.

Capsule’s Convergence and Collaboration podcast series features interviews, discussions and insights on emerging trends as we explore areas of technological convergence and collaborative possibilities in healthcare.

Tags: Medical Device Integration, Workflow, Clinical Documentation, Med-Surg, Podcast