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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

Keeping your medical devices healthy

Posted by Monica Demers on May 28, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

Today’s broad array of sophisticated medical devices helps save countless lives. But nothing’s perfect—just ask your biomedical engineering team!  The management of device operations from an engineering standpoint can be difficult and time consuming in a busy, every-changing hospital environment.  Proper management of medical devices ensures patient safety, while safeguarding the value of costly device assets.  But, according to ECRI’s Top 10 Technology Hazard List, as the number of devices in hospitals expands, they often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of device recall and safety alerts.

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Tags: Healthcare Technology, Medical Device Information System, Operational Analytics, Medical Device Data, Medical Device Infrastructure

Healthcare technology can be hazardous to your health

Posted by Monica Demers on Mar 29, 2015 @ 02:07 PM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

Caution: Healthcare technology can be hazardous to your health—if it isn’t managed properly, that is. No organization knows this better than the ECRI Institute—the nationally recognized nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care.  Each year, ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List has been helping providers identify and address major technology-related problems that can impede clinician effectiveness and compromise patient safety.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical Analytics, Medical Device Data

Applying Technology in Nursing: Lessons to be Learned From Other Industries

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on Nov 04, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Technology will not replace nurses at the bedside, but applied appropriately can enable nurses to work smarter rather than harder, and help alleviate some of our complex practice issues. Yes, we need better staffing ratios, work environments and benefits for when our aging baby boomer population requires more care.  But we also need to provide nurses with the right technology tools and support to enable them to deliver the best care possible.  In fact, if we can make nursing “cool” from a technology perspective, then perhaps more young people would be attracted to the profession and help alleviate some of our nursing shortage. 

Just as nursing theory has drawn from professions like psychology, sociology, physiology, anthropology and other disciplines to create better nursing practices, we should also draw from cutting edge technologies to help us provide better and more efficient care at the bedside.  For example, just as manufacturing applied Toyota’s “lean” strategy, nursing has started applying it to health care by giving nurses the power to change their environment to support their ability to deliver better patient care.  But there are still many, many ideas we can borrow from other industries. Waiters in restaurants, for example, can order food from the kitchen using a handheld device while customers are giving their food order.

As nurses, we should be able to order and/or charge supplies, chart medications, take and post pictures and chart all from one device. Nurses should be able to monitor patient vital signs, and automatically record changes to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and receive notification of trending changes. 

The technology solutions to achieve these simple, yet time and resource consuming tasks is available today, but have sadly been slow to adopt. I challenge you to ask you hospital why not? Why aren’t they using the technology that would help nurse to give better, more efficient, safer care to patients?
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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Healthcare Technology, Medical Device Information System, Medical Device Data

Safety First - Are You Automating Your Medical Device Data?

Posted by Halley Cooksey, RN on Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:59 PM


When I grew up, safety equipment like bike helmets and seat belts were few and far between. Some of the best memories from my childhood are of sitting in the back of my parent’s station wagon with my sisters untethered to either our seats… or to electronic devices. We passed the time by playing license plate bingo and trying to get truck drivers to beep their horns.

Fast forward 20 years, and the thought of allowing a child into a car without a seat belt, let alone in the “wayback” of a station wagon... err, a SUV... would land a parent on a DFACS (Department of Family and Child Services) watch list. The impetus behind these changes was research. Research found that when children are placed in the backseat of a car, and securely fastened, their chances of survival are greatly improved if they are involved in a car accident.

Nursing practice has followed suit. As a nurse, it is our duty to ensure that we provide the safest care to the patients we serve. Clinical, nursing-driven research has laid the foundation for what is considered to be “best practices” to support us in achieving that goal. But, what if those best practices aren’t enough?

I read an article last week that stated that in 2013, an estimated 440,000 patients died due to medical errors. That’s four times the population of my hometown! As nurses, what can we do to help decrease those errors? How can we be the driving force that saves one of those lives?

Sending data automatically from medical devices at a patient’s bedside into the medical record and other information systems, like clinical decision support, is a good first step in supporting the reduction of those errors.

Have you conducted any studies at your facility that have shown improvement in patient care when documentation is automated?

Let me know your thoughts! Share your story!

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

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