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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Nihon Kohden
- Welch Allyn
- And others
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…
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.
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.
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 Technology, and Biomedical Engineering. Good communication is the true key to successful medical device connectivity.
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
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
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
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