Medical Device Integration Blog

Multitasking Nightmares? Tame Them with A MDIS

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Rising patient acuity and dramatically shortened hospital stays are threatening nurses’ ability to meet the needs of their patients. We are constantly on the move, switching from activity to activity, too often finding it difficult to spend enough time with our patients.

How many times have you had to tap your super-power multitasking abilities? Daily? Take, for example, the following all too common scenario. Patient #1 is coming back from surgery. The blood bank calls to say the packed red blood cells are ready for patient #2. You’re waiting for labs in order to give medications to patient #3. Your nurse aide has just informed you that your confused patient #4 has just fallen out of bed and requires immediate help. And patient #5 is waiting for you to complete brand new procedures for discharge paperwork so he can leave the hospital. Sound eerily familiar?

Nurses have adapted to the endless demands for our attention in order to meet both patient needs and their facility’s goals. Distractions may come in many forms on top of patient care, such as new equipment, increased education for new procedures, documentation requirements, and orienting new staff. Krichbaum (2007) reported 40% or more of a nurse’s workday is outside of direct patient care. So what happens when nurses feel like they’re no longer helping the patient and that they’re overwhelmed with non-value tasks? Burn out?

A Medical Device Information System (MDIS) can help nurses gain back more time by helping improve the efficiency of patient documentation. It automatically integrates your medical device data into your hospital’s information system(s), which can save documentation time, increase communication, all while improving accuracy and timeliness. Moreover, in addition to providing connectivity with the EMR, an MDIS delivers monitoring, management and analysis of real-time patient data, enabling nurses to recognize signs of a patient’s physiological deterioration.

Why is this important? An MDIS is one of the few IT solutions that can take some of the pressure off those who give care to our loved ones, while offering real enhancements to the quality of care we are so committed to deliver.

If your facility has already deployed medical device integration capabilities, what kind of impact has it had on your daily activities? And if you haven’t, what’s holding you back?

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Tags: Patient Care, Workflow, Medical Device Information System, Clinical, Clinical Documentation

High Reliability of Data – A Key Benefit of Device Integration

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Jun 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 incentivized the adoption of the electronic health record and fast-tracked efforts to implement electronic medical records. The program motivated hospitals to meet deadlines for achieving meaningful use and adopting a wide range of capabilities within their EMR. The benefits gained by implementing the EMR are significant and promise greater efficiency, higher quality of care and safer patients.

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

The Big Picture of Patient Care

Posted by Karen Lund, RN BSN on May 22, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Nurses often talk about understanding “the big picture” in order to provide safe, competent care. As technologies move closer to the bedside, the practicing nurse naturally becomes a major user of them. As a nurse, it’s critically important that we know our patients.  That means, connecting the technologies and data together to get a clear picture about the true state of the patient.  However, with complicated patients the focus is sometimes blurry.

Knowing your patient well – having an accurate assessment of trending data and a good practice foundation – will help bring that picture into focus. But, with constantly evolving health care reform, the worsening nursing shortage and the increase in the elderly population, our workplace will demand nurses to be even more adaptable, efficient and flexible.  We will no longer be able to make slow changes in practice, but will need to predict outcomes accurately, and swiftly alter our practice to keep up with future demands. That makes research, evidence-based interventions and clinical decision support – information technology – critical to getting the “big picture” and improving patient care. 

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Tags: Patient Care, Patient Safety, Nurses, Healthcare Technology

Cool Isn't Always Smart

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

A close friend in IT is always going on about the “coolness” of this or that new gadget/device. But cool is not always smart. As a nurse, what really matters is the impact a device has on both my patients and me. Some call this workflow. I call it, “how I do my job”.  

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Patient Data, Nurses, Workflow

Digital Disruption at the Point-of-Care

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Nov 11, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Some of the most important patient information isn't stored in an electronic medical record. It’s captured by the nurse and archived in the nurse’s memory—patient nicknames, favorite TV shows or preferred foods. When nurses spend less time charting and more quality time with patients, there’s often room to focus on all those details that truly personalize care.

We all love to talk about the importance of a quality patient interaction. You’ve seen it before – the literature with imagery of an empathetic, caring clinician-patient interaction and a story about how it contributes to better patient compliance and positive outcomes. Unfortunately the all-too-familiar reality in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment is the struggle to deliver the highest level of care in the shortest timeframe. Too often, that means nurses have to make hard choices.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Patient Data, Nurses