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Under the Hood of Medical Devices

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Oct 01, 2015 @ 04:00 AM

This article was orginally published on September 11, 2015 in Hospital EMR and EHR.

When it comes to medical devices, most people think of patient monitoring and physiologic data such as HR, SPO2, respiration rate waveforms and physiologic alarms. But there’s a lot more “under the hood” of a device – a lot more than just physiologic data that, when applied in new ways, can contribute to patient safety efforts and help with operational efficiencies. 

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Tags: Patient Data, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Clinical Analytics, Medical Device Data, Patient Monitor

PODCAST: Don't hit the snooze button on alarm management

Posted by Capsule on Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Convergence & Collaboration Podcast: Episode 1

Listen to this episode of Capsule’s Convergence & Collaboration Show to discover the many ways clinical and operational data created by medical devices can be used to improve patient safety and patient satisfaction. Capsule VP of Product Management and Marketing, Kevin Phillips and John Elms, President of Connexall USA discuss the negative consequences of alarm mismanagement, how to prioritize alarms both in number and type, and ideas on how to reduce alarm hazards. This 15 minute conversation is especially timely in light of the Joint Commission’s fast approaching January 2016 deadline requiring hospitals to establish alarms as an organization priority and to identify the most important alarms to manage.

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Workflow, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Podcast

INFOGRAPHIC: The Power of Medical Device Data

Posted by Capsule on Jul 15, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

Only 10% of ventilator device data is used by healthcare organizations

As the global industry leader in medical device information systems (MDIS), Capsule has an exceptional view of this unique domain in the healthcare IT industry. Today, an average 200-bed hospital manages hundreds of medical devices generating millions of data variables each day for hundreds of patients. For example, a typical ventilator generates a staggering 305 data parameters per second. With all of this data produced from just a ventilator (imagine the amount of data for patients attached to multiple devices), only 10% is being used and sent to an electronic medical record (EMR) for automated charting. Hence, the question…

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Medical Device Information System, Medical Device Data

Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

Are your medical devices configured to reduce alarm fatigue?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 05, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

 

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

As we all know, alarms play an important role in patient care.  But an overload of alarms can be alarming.  Alarm fatigue is most often top of mind; however, missed or unrecognized alarms due to inappropriate alarm configuration, are major contributors to healthcare hazards, according to ECRI. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Predictive Analytics

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