Medical Device Integration Blog

The Powerful Convergence of Medical Device Data and Analytics

Posted by Steven Schiefen on Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

Every second medical devices generate huge amounts of actionable, timely information about both patients and the devices themselves—data that can have significant clinical and operational impact if they can be captured, normalized, tailored and disseminated to the many diverse applications that need them. Yet these data that can make a difference in both patient care and the efficiency of a hospital’s medical device infrastructure are often lost or underutilized in the vast ocean of healthcare information.

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You Can Get Much, Much More Out of Your Medical Device Data

Posted by Monica Demers on May 31, 2014 @ 08:30 AM


Going beyond clinical documentation.

With the right approach, medical device data can support clinical and operational strategic initiatives to lower costs and drive towards quality-driven value based care.

Traditionally, connecting medical device data is most widely used to facilitate clinical documentation. This, in itself, creates clinical efficiencies by reducing transcription errors and providing timely data.

But, medical device data can be utilized to do so much more. Medical device integration, aided through the use of IHE profiles, can become a core requirement for other hospital strategic initiatives.

  • Clinical: enabling alarm management, clinical decision support and early identification of patients at risk, quality management initiatives, and clinical research.
  • Operational: optimizing the management of your biomedical technology infrastructure through the centralization and mobilization medical device management.

Having the tools to integrate medical devices with various systems and being able to provide accurate data, to the right place, at the right time, are critical elements to effectively enabling these initiatives.

Plan ahead for the future of your medical device infrastructure.

As healthcare evolves so, too, do medical devices through innovations to existing devices and the introduction of completely new devices. And as the need for integrating device data from across care facilities and the home grows, the importance of having a single platform to manage all these device types is essential. But how do forward-looking providers bridge the gap between today’s environments filled with legacy devices, to ones filled with smart wireless sensors?

Let’s take a look at low acuity medical-surgical units. Here, vital signs are documented periodically and when used in conjunction with a clinical decision support system, these data can assist in the early identification of patient deterioration and help reduce the risk of costly escalations of care. Today’s approach of using a spot check monitor and some lightweight clinical documentation that is then passed through a clinical decision support application can be handled with existing solutions. However, adding more and advanced medical devices to this type of workflow will eventually encumber clinical efficiency.

An expandable, innovative new system is needed.

There is a path to the future: medical device information system (MDIS). An MDIS is an integrated connectivity, documentation, and decision support platform that is equipped to handle workflow from not only your installed monitors, but also offers a clear upgrade path to consolidate new medical device advancements into one manageable system. And it’s a system designed to meet the needs of clinicians who gather and use these data, as well as for the clinical engineers and IT personnel who support them.


We’re excited to be presenting just such a system this weekend at the AAMI 2014 Conference & Expo.
Stop by and see us at booth #108 to discover how you can get so much more from your medical device data with SmartLinx, healthcare’s first Medical Device Information System.
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Tags: Workflow, Medical Device Information System, CONNECT, MONITOR, ANALYZE, Medical Device Data, Clinical Documentation, Medical Device Infrastructure

A Nurse's Intuition

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on Apr 16, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

We develop an interesting set of skills as nurses. We have that 6th “early warning sense” … intuition, if you will … when something just isn’t right with a patient. Patient deterioration is often difficult to assess because of the complex nature of patient care and the need for accurate assessment skills. I had a septuagenarian nursing instructor who said we were never allowed to tell a doctor “there’s something wrong with the patient.” We had to describe the signs and symptoms that made us believe the patient was in trouble. This invaluable lesson created stronger relationships between the nurses and doctors, while being beneficial to the patients.

As nurses we use all our senses and our powers of observation to help us care for patients. But to do this, it requires us to be in the room with the patient. We see the color changes on a patient’s skin. We hear what they’re saying to us and their breathing patterns. We can smell the various scents of a patient’s condition as soon as we enter the room. Our sense of touch can detect a patient with a fever before taking their temperature. I won’t cover the sense of taste here… except to say we greatly appreciate the treats families bring into us.

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Tags: Nurses, Clinical Analytics, ANALYZE

ANALYZE: Tune Up the Meaning, Turn Down the Noise

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Today, rapidly expanding technologies have led to unprecedented advances in almost every field. But once in a while, almost everyone wants to turn off their PDA, tune out the pings, beeps and vibrations and just go offline. In the Information Age, we all have a need to relax and gain perspective.

In technology-laden hospitals, clinicians are bombarded with enormous amounts of information, particularly patient information. Some of it is vital to immediate care decisions, some will be useful in the future, and frankly, some of it’s irrelevant. Often all this information can be too complex and varied to truly absorb and sort through during a busy day spent with multiple patients. Adding to the challenge, clinicians must also consider this data in light of best practice protocols and, perhaps, evidence-based treatment guidelines.

As an aggregator of device data, Capsule believes a key role of a medical device information system (MDIS) should be to help clinicians quickly and easily sort through information to find the data that will have the greatest impact on patient care. When device integration solutions are configured, decisions are made about whether or not to include certain device parameters in the patient record, an early sorting of information. Currently, data thresholds are being set to trigger alarms for physicians and nurses when a measurement reaches a level that calls for patient attention.

Capsule’s SmartLinx MDIS applies technology to going beyond these thresholds to address data overload with sophisticated algorithms and information from “big data” analytics, to help clinicians wade though this sea of information to focus on using data to the greatest value for their patients.   One example is SmartLinx’s innovative “ESP” (Early. Smart. Predictive.) feature. This technology will perform a forward-looking clinical analysis of all patient data for signs of sepsis. When discovered, it will automatically reports to clinicians, who can then act on the information.

In the future, the SmartLinx MDIS will become even smarter, and likely will look inwardly at its own data and use sophisticated analytic models to suggest treatment changes. Of course, capitalizing on years of training and experience, visual cues, and interaction with the patient, clinicians will continue to routinely analyze data independently and draw conclusions. One thing is certain—in the future, we all will need a little help managing the full extent of the information out there. It’s reassuring to know that we may not need to tune-out completely to clear our heads—with a little technology that helps us tune-in to what’s most important.

When it comes to technology, can there be too much of a good thing?

How would you feel about smart technology helping you make decisions you have traditionally made yourself?


Stay tuned for tomorrow's #AONE14 blog post:



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Tags: Medical Device Information System, Clinical Analytics, Sepsis, Operational Analytics, ANALYZE