Update from IHE Connectathon 2017

Healthcare depends on interoperability – bringing the right data to the right people at the right time, so that data can be used to improve patient care. I saw these principles in action at the IHE Connectathon event in Cleveland this year. For those unfamiliar with IHE Connectathon, it's the world’s largest healthcare IT interoperability testing event, where medical device vendors, EHR vendors, and other industry partners come together to test, to network, and to collaborate.

Continue reading to find out how IHE Connecthathon benefits hospitals…

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Infusion Errors Top the 2017 ECRI Hazards Report

Earlier this month, the ECRI Institute published its annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report. Infusion Errors topped the list this year as hazard #1. Here’s our interpretation…

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I.V. Smart Pumps Roundtable Article

Earlier this month, TechNation magazine interviewed several industry experts about important qualities to consider when purchasing smart pumps. Prevention of medication errors, wireless connectivity, and ease of use were among the top options listed.  

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Connectivity Series: Nihon Kohden

So far in our Connectivity Series, we’ve shared details about how to integrate GE medical devices, Philips equipment, and Welch Allyn monitors with your EHR. This month, I’ll cover Nihon Kohden. And I’ll also spend some time discussing how important it is to keep flexibility in mind, so you can address a variety of interoperability scenarios.

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Connectivity Series: Welch Allyn

For the third post in our Connectivity Series, I’d like to share with you some details about integrating Welch Allyn devices with your EHR.

Many of Welch Allyn’s monitors are portable, wireless devices that operate in a low-acuity setting. If you’re a clinician or a biomed expert, you understand exactly what that implies: Portable devices function differently than the stationary, continuous monitors typically found in critical care areas like the ICU. And the workflow associated with portable low-acuity devices can be unique, too.  

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Connectivity Series: Philips Equipment

As promised, this is my second post in a series that provides details about our Accelero Connect team’s experience integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR. Last time, the focus was GE devices. Today, I’ll focus on Philips equipment.

If you already use Philips, you know there are many details to understand in order to integrate those devices with your EHR. The Philips network can have a variety of equipment in play, and figuring out how best to set up your integration can get confusing. So I’m going to give you some information, some common configurations we’ve seen, and include details about our Philips integration experience along the way.

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Connectivity Series: GE Medical Devices

This post is the first in a series that will provide you with details about integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR:

  • GE Healthcare
  • Philips
  • Nihon Kohden
  • Mindray
  • Welch Allyn
  • And others
Today I’ll focus on GE. With GE devices, there are multiple integration methods to understand in order to ensure you leverage your equipment in the best possible way to meet your medical device integration needs.
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We Love It When ED Nurses Smile

ED nurses at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania, love having the ability to transfer vital signs electronically from their GE monitors to their EHR.

That’s what Richard Clark, IT Project Manager at Hanover Hospital, recently told us. In fact, he said it even makes them smile. That sure made my day. So, I thought I’d share their story with you, since we all could use a smile on a Monday… 

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The MDI “A-Team” – the Right Hospital Project Team

Medical Device Integration projects done "right" require the right mix of hospital resources to contribute during implementation. It's important to align the correct hospital resources to minimize delays and ensure the project stays on track with deadlines. Resources required will vary depending on phases of the project, so I've put together a resource summary by phase, using a typical Accelero Connect® vital sign / EHR integration project as an example. I'll cover resources required for other device type implementations (for example, a smart pump / EHR integration project) in future posts. 

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How IHE Simplifies Medical Device Connectivity

We talk with many hospitals and healthcare IT vendors about medical device connectivity, and IHE is a topic that comes up often. However, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what it’s for, why it’s needed, and what all the unfamiliar nomenclature means.

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Update from IHE Connectathon 2017

Healthcare depends on interoperability – bringing the right data to the right people at the right time, so that data can be used to improve patient care. I saw these principles in action at the IHE...Read More

Infusion Errors Top the 2017 ECRI Hazards Report

Earlier this month, the ECRI Institute published its annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report. Infusion Errors topped the list this year as hazard #1. Here’s our interpretation… First, you can...Read More

I.V. Smart Pumps Roundtable Article

Earlier this month, TechNation magazine interviewed several industry experts about important qualities to consider when purchasing smart pumps. Prevention of medication errors, wireless connectivity,...Read More

Connectivity Series: Nihon Kohden

So far in our Connectivity Series, we’ve shared details about how to integrate GE medical devices, Philips equipment, and Welch Allyn monitors with your EHR. This month, I’ll cover Nihon Kohden. And...Read More

Connectivity Series: Welch Allyn

For the third post in our Connectivity Series, I’d like to share with you some details about integrating Welch Allyn devices with your EHR. Many of Welch Allyn’s monitors are portable, wireless...Read More

Connectivity Series: Philips Equipment

As promised, this is my second post in a series that provides details about our Accelero Connect team’s experience integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR. Last time, the...Read More

Connectivity Series: GE Medical Devices

This post is the first in a series that will provide you with details about integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR: GE Healthcare Philips Nihon Kohden Mindray Welch Allyn...Read More

We Love It When ED Nurses Smile

ED nurses at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania, love having the ability to transfer vital signs electronically from their GE monitors to their EHR. That’s what Richard Clark, IT Project...Read More

The MDI “A-Team” – the Right Hospital Project Team

Medical Device Integration projects done "right" require the right mix of hospital resources to contribute during implementation. It's important to align the correct hospital resources to minimize...Read More

How IHE Simplifies Medical Device Connectivity

We talk with many hospitals and healthcare IT vendors about medical device connectivity, and IHE is a topic that comes up often. However, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what it’s for, why...Read More

Communication is the Key to Medical Device Connectivity

Whenever I present an educational session about medical device integration, I always try to highlight the importance of close collaboration between Nursing/Clinical Informatics, Information...Read More

Giving Nurses the Gift of Time

It may be summer in North America, but today it feels like Christmas at Halifax Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. Clinicians there recently received the gift of time — courtesy of medical...Read More

The Vitals on Welch Allyn and Nihon Kohden

If your clinicians use Welch Allyn or Nihon Kohden vital sign monitors, you may want to check out this press release to learn how Halifax Regional Medical Center connected vital sign monitors from...Read More

CNO Survey on Medical Device Connectivity

I mentioned a CNO survey briefly in my Smart Pump integration blog post, but it’s such an important topic that it warrants its own post. We conducted a survey last December of 4,000 Chief Nursing...Read More

American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) - "Where Caring and Technology Meet"

In late April, along with my Iatric Systems nurse colleague Debra Graham, I had the honor of attending and presenting at the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Nursing Informatics Association...Read More

Smart Pump Programming and EHR Integration – a roadmap for understanding

It seems like just about every other conversation I have these days revolves around something to do with Smart Pump Programming and EHR integration, so I have no doubt this topic will be of interest...Read More

Welcome to Our Medical Device Integration Blog!

On behalf of the team, welcome to the Iatric Systems Medical Device Integration (MDI) blog. This blog will explore the most important issues facing hospitals that are considering connecting their...Read More