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Maximizing the Benefits of Your Medical Device Integration Strategy

Posted by Michelle Grate, RN MSN CPHIMS on Jul 01, 2014 @ 10:00 AM


A successful strategy is crucial to helping guide decisions throughout an organization, making it critical that it be in alignment with the organizational goals that it is designed to support.  If the strategy is developed without a clear understanding of those goals, then resources, effort, and money can easily be misappropriated. 

When it comes to information technology, a strategy would not be complete without a thorough architecture covering all aspects of an enterprise. However, one of the challenges for developing that strategy is to look into the future and make plans for current infrastructures as well as potential emerging technologies.  A good enterprise architecture will assist in keeping the focus on growth and the necessary predecessors to get there.

With respect to integrating medical device data with the electronic health record (EHR), the strategy needs to look at the current and long term needs of the organization in order to maximize the investment of the medical device information system (MDIS).  Gone are the days when the ICU is considered the only location for integration of medical devices. 

The vast amount of patient data that can be collected and analyzed for real-time clinical decision support can lead to better outcomes. The more medical devices that are connected to the EHR and other information systems, the greater the amount of patient data that can be evaluated for clinical decisions.  Developing a MDIS strategy will help guide the organization's goals and plans over a long term period and keep the organization focused on their patients as they pursue expanding their use of medical device data.

 

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Implementation, Medical Device Information System, CONNECT, Medical Device Infrastructure

High Reliability of Data – A Key Benefit of Device Integration

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Jun 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM


The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 incentivized the adoption of the electronic health record and fast-tracked efforts to implement electronic medical records. The program motivated hospitals to meet deadlines for achieving meaningful use and adopting a wide range of capabilities within their EMR. The benefits gained by implementing the EMR are significant and promise greater efficiency, higher quality of care and safer patients.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Patient Data, Nurses, Medical Device Information System, CONNECT, Medical Device Data

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

CONNECT: Healthcare is not a Lonely Island

Posted by Bikram Day on Feb 24, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Industry events like HIMSS are not just about papers, presentations, and new products. They also represent an important opportunity to connect with peers, to learn what’s on their minds and to put the event’s proceedings in a larger context. After all, no man (or woman) is an island, as the saying goes.

As healthcare IT professionals we all know that no patient’s medical data should be an island either. Putting care decisions in a similar larger context is important. That’s why one of the key goals of a Medical Device Information System (MDIS) must be to avoid communication of isolated bits of data and to aggregate and connect information—like industry members at a convention—to create a broader landscape of meaning.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Medical Device Information System, CONNECT

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