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VIDEO: Rick Valencia, Qualcomm Life SVP, chats acquisition of Capsule

Posted by Capsule on Sep 25, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Vision for medical-grade connectivity in the hospital, at home and all points in between

In this 3-minute video, Rick Valencia shares the thinking behind Qualcomm Life's "Internet of Medical Things" strategy and the benefits of Capsule's SmartLinx MDIS and Qualcomm Life's 2net vendor-neutral platforms. Combining the platforms’ respective core competencies in medical device connectivity and integration will help enable disparate systems from hospital to home to seamlessly provide medical device data that can improve the delivery of patient care.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Medical Device Information System, Medical Device Data, Medical Device Infrastructure

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

Slow Down To Achieve Expected Results with Medical Device Integration in Med-Surg

Posted by Ken Choquette on Oct 15, 2014 @ 03:00 PM


“Slow Down” may not be words people use when talking about device integration.  Not all device integration initiatives are created equal.  Achieving results within med-surg units requires a bit more clinical involvement than it does in a higher acuity unit. 

Frequently, organizations want to move too fast, which undermines the value of integrating devices in these units, frustrates the implementation team, and worse, destroys end user adoption.  Neglecting the clinicians’ workflow or not conducting a network assessment in the med-surg area could render the system as unusable.  Usually, this is the result of not involving the implementation team in the device integration roll-out and hence, they’re not understanding the issue(s) you are trying to solve.

The decision for device integration in med-surg is the “starting gun” to set goals and to set the finish line.  Start by finding a baseline. 

  • What are you trying to solve with device integration in med-surg? 
  • Who currently collects the data?  How is it collected? 
  • How is data entered into the patient record?  
  • How much clinical time does documentation take away from nursing? 

We know that these are not always the easiest answers to obtain prior to integration, but knowing the current state from start to finish will help an organization set the right expectations for how device integration can improve the efficiency and safety of the existing workflows – and better yet, quantify it.

By taking a little time in beginning of the project – by SLOWING down at the start – your implementation will stay on track and result in FAST adoption and a success story for all to share.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Implementation, Medical Device Infrastructure

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

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

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