Medical Device Integration Blog

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

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

ANALYZE: Tune Up the Meaning, Turn Down the Noise

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Today, rapidly expanding technologies have led to unprecedented advances in almost every field. But once in a while, almost everyone wants to turn off their PDA, tune out the pings, beeps and vibrations and just go offline. In the Information Age, we all have a need to relax and gain perspective.

In technology-laden hospitals, clinicians are bombarded with enormous amounts of information, particularly patient information. Some of it is vital to immediate care decisions, some will be useful in the future, and frankly, some of it’s irrelevant. Often all this information can be too complex and varied to truly absorb and sort through during a busy day spent with multiple patients. Adding to the challenge, clinicians must also consider this data in light of best practice protocols and, perhaps, evidence-based treatment guidelines.

As an aggregator of device data, Capsule believes a key role of a medical device information system (MDIS) should be to help clinicians quickly and easily sort through information to find the data that will have the greatest impact on patient care. When device integration solutions are configured, decisions are made about whether or not to include certain device parameters in the patient record, an early sorting of information. Currently, data thresholds are being set to trigger alarms for physicians and nurses when a measurement reaches a level that calls for patient attention.

Capsule’s SmartLinx MDIS applies technology to going beyond these thresholds to address data overload with sophisticated algorithms and information from “big data” analytics, to help clinicians wade though this sea of information to focus on using data to the greatest value for their patients.   One example is SmartLinx’s innovative “ESP” (Early. Smart. Predictive.) feature. This technology will perform a forward-looking clinical analysis of all patient data for signs of sepsis. When discovered, it will automatically reports to clinicians, who can then act on the information.

In the future, the SmartLinx MDIS will become even smarter, and likely will look inwardly at its own data and use sophisticated analytic models to suggest treatment changes. Of course, capitalizing on years of training and experience, visual cues, and interaction with the patient, clinicians will continue to routinely analyze data independently and draw conclusions. One thing is certain—in the future, we all will need a little help managing the full extent of the information out there. It’s reassuring to know that we may not need to tune-out completely to clear our heads—with a little technology that helps us tune-in to what’s most important.

When it comes to technology, can there be too much of a good thing?

How would you feel about smart technology helping you make decisions you have traditionally made yourself?


Stay tuned for tomorrow's #AONE14 blog post:



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Tags: Medical Device Information System, Clinical Analytics, Sepsis, Operational Analytics, ANALYZE