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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

InteGREATion: If you haven’t considered MDI…

Posted by Capsule on Nov 04, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Hundreds… thousands of medical devices, all monitoring and recording data for a hospital full of patients, data which is the lifeblood of a hospital. All of that data is presumably flowing into electronic medical records (EMRs). Or is it? In hospitals that have not implemented medical device integration (MDI), clinicians face a frustrating process of not only manually recording device data somewhere, only to have to re-enter it in the EMR, but also experiencing delays in gaining access to information that can give them an accurate, near real time picture of a patient’s condition.  Many of the EMR’s numerous benefits for clinicians and patients are untapped. Moreover, it’s a process prone to mistakes and inaccuracies in the patient record.

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

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