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A Nursing Exec's View on the State of Patient Safety

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Mar 18, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

As we reflect on the themes from National Patient Safety Awareness Week, it seems appropriate that we end the work week on an important and relevant topic to most US hospitals: device alarms. The frequency and number of alarms cause a sensory overload condition described as “alarm fatigue”: a desensitization to alarms created by the overwhelming number of alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable alarms. In fact, alarm fatigue has been cited as the leading cause of sentinel events according to The Joint Commission, AAMI Foundation and other organizations. Hospitals still struggle to meet the 2014 and 2016 National Patient Goals to improve the management of those alarms.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical

Patient Monitoring for the Clinical Informaticist

Posted by Andrew Wescott on Mar 17, 2016 @ 09:24 AM

Information technology produces vast amounts of data; however, in order to be truly useful, systems need to be integrated and data requires proper patient context. For example, vital sign measurements alone are not actionable without knowing patient demographics, history, and current observations. Vital signs can also contribute to the calculation of an early warning score to detect early identification of a patient’s decline. This information can be sent to a handheld nursing device as an alert or to a unit view in the EMR. In this example, multiple technologies - an electronic medical record, a medical device, a clinical calculator, and a nurse call system - are all integrated to provide actionable information to busy clinicians.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Health IT, MONITOR, Clinical

CapsuleTech is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week

Posted by Capsule on Oct 05, 2015 @ 04:00 AM

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Tags: Health IT

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

NEW: Listen to Chats on Convergence and Collaboration in Healthcare IT

Posted by Capsule on Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Capsule Launches Healthcare IT Podcast Series 

We are excited to announce our "Convergence and Collaboration" podcast series, which will feature interviews, discussions, and insights on emerging trends as we explore areas of technological convergence and collaborative possibilities in healthcare.

Click the play button below to listen to the first episode in your browser, or subscribe on iTunes, Sticher, or TuneIn to download episodes to your mobile device:

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Health IT, Operational Analytics, Medical Device Data, Clinical Documentation, Podcast

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