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PODCAST: Deploying device integration within med-surg care units

Posted by Capsule on Sep 24, 2015 @ 04:00 AM

Convergence & Collaboration Podcast: Episode 2

Listen to this podcast episode of Capsule’s Convergence & Collaboration Show and discover the positive impact medical device data can have on your clinical workflow. In this 14 minute podcast our guest will share how the implementation of advanced technology enabling periodic vital signs to be entered into the patient’s record electronically, before the clinician leaves the bedside, improved nurse efficiency aiding an academic medical center to deliver a higher level of care to more patients in less time and without any increased staffing costs.

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Workflow, Clinical Documentation, Med-Surg, Podcast

PODCAST: Don't hit the snooze button on alarm management

Posted by Capsule on Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Convergence & Collaboration Podcast: Episode 1

Listen to this episode of Capsule’s Convergence & Collaboration Show to discover the many ways clinical and operational data created by medical devices can be used to improve patient safety and patient satisfaction. Capsule VP of Product Management and Marketing, Kevin Phillips and John Elms, President of Connexall USA discuss the negative consequences of alarm mismanagement, how to prioritize alarms both in number and type, and ideas on how to reduce alarm hazards. This 15 minute conversation is especially timely in light of the Joint Commission’s fast approaching January 2016 deadline requiring hospitals to establish alarms as an organization priority and to identify the most important alarms to manage.

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Workflow, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Podcast

AMIA Task Force Calls for Simplification and Speed in EHR Use

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Jun 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Report Cites MDIS as an Important Way to Meet EHR Goals

The American Medical Information Association (AMIA) Task Force report on the status and future direction of electronic health records (EHRs) is out. And not surprisingly, it finds EHR systems are a mixed blessing. While cutting down information silos, the technology also cuts down physician efficiency and patient care time. As a result, taking full advantage of an EHR’s enhanced patient information is often extremely difficult.

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Tags: Patient Data, Workflow, Industry Forecast, Medical Device Information System, Clinical Documentation

Healthcare IT: A Nurse’s Revealing Perspective

Posted by Cyndi Coyne, RN on Nov 19, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Hey! IT departments, CIOs, CNIOs! Did you know that your nurses are NOT happy!?! The results of a survey by Black Book Market Research were just released and it isn’t good. More than 13,000 nurses were surveyed for Black Book’s EHR Loyalty Poll and, I’ll warn you, what they had to say may be very tough to hear.

Nurses’ dissatisfaction with their electronic health record system is at an all-time high with 92% saying they were unhappy with the EMR system in their healthcare facility. That’s a shockingly high number!

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Tags: Patient Care, Patient Safety, Nurses, Workflow, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Nursing Stories, Clinical, Healthcare IT Departments

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

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