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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

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

MONITOR: What's Trending Now?

Posted by Halley Cooksey, RN on Mar 13, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Almost everyone is participating. The new world of social media connects vast numbers of people in every age, professional and ethnic group around the globe. In doing so, it has given rise to another phenomenon—the real-time tracking of trends—social, political, personal and much more. “What’s Trending Now” has become a commonplace headline in both traditional and new media outlets thanks to the easy access to broad social media data. As a society, we can’t seem to get enough of what’s on other people’s minds.

Just as social media aggregates posts, Tweets and Instagrams from individuals worldwide, a Medical Device Information System (MDIS) solution also aggregates data from devices of every type across the health care continuum. The result is providing an easier, more robust way to track the patient’s condition. It does this automatically and conveniently for the clinician in near real-time.

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Tags: Nurses, Medical Device Information System, MONITOR

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