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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

Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

Are your care decisions based on comprehensive and accurate data?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

To err is human--and we are all human after all.  So errors in transcription of medical device data do happen.  Too often, clinicians busy caring for patients scribble down information on slips of paper that may be illegible or are lost by the end of a shift.  Mistakes also happen as data is keyed into an EHR. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Data, Health IT, Clinical Documentation, Vital Signs

Are your medical devices configured to reduce alarm fatigue?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 05, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

 

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

As we all know, alarms play an important role in patient care.  But an overload of alarms can be alarming.  Alarm fatigue is most often top of mind; however, missed or unrecognized alarms due to inappropriate alarm configuration, are major contributors to healthcare hazards, according to ECRI. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Predictive Analytics

Wish List

Posted by Halley Cooksey, RN on Nov 13, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

The holiday season seems to have officially kicked off this past weekend. It seems to happen earlier each year. Gone are all the witches, bats, and ghoul decorations. In their place are festive trees strung with lights, with only the occasional Thanksgiving turkey to break things up. Soon we’ll face the barrage of commercials advertising the countless ways we can spend our holiday budgets. Many of us will spend hours listening to our children and grandchildren describe in very finite detail all the things they have placed on their wish list and how they promise to behave so they’ll get as many of the coveted gifts as possible.

Like our children, as adults we also have wish lists for our toys and that can extend into our professional lives. As nurses we have wish lists for things that will make our work life not only easier, but also allow us to truly practice our profession – caring for patients. Do you have a wish list? What sort of things do you wish for to help you in your daily practice? Do you wish for the kind of technology that can enhance your nursing practice and not hinder or slow it down? We know that no amount of technology will ever be able to replace our assessment skills, our ability to connect with a patient or their family members. There isn’t any form of technology that can console them during a very trying time; nor can technology wipe away a tear or put a band-aid over an injection site. However, we also know that technology can help free up the time for us to give our patients the kind of attention they need and that we want to provide.

If you could create a wish list of the things technology could do for you as nurse, what would you put on it and why? Would you wish for tools that could decrease the amount of time you spend documenting in a patient’s record? Or, perhaps a technology that could help you see the subtle changes in your patients and could alert you that they are beginning to decline and are in need further intervention? We want to hear your thoughts!

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Nurses, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Nursing Stories, Medical Device Information System, Clinical, Clinical Documentation

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