Medical Device Integration Blog

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

Avoid Workflow Blisters

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Dec 04, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

When it comes to the sensible clogs (that so many of us choose for walking long hospital hallways and standing for hours at a time), fit and comfort are the two most important considerations. Shouldn’t the same be true for the technology that supports our professional workflow? Just like footwear, one size does not fit all. So, before introducing new medical technology, wouldn’t it be a good idea for everyone involved in the project to walk a mile in a clinician’s shoes?

Medical Device Integration (MDI) is a case in point.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Nurses, Workflow

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