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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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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 Technology, and Biomedical Engineering. Good communication is the true key to successful medical device connectivity.

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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 device connectivity — and now they can spend more time with patients and less time on the computer.

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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 both manufacturers to its EHR.

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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 Officers. The timing of the survey was intentional in that Meaningful Use projects were (hopefully) wrapping up across many hospitals. Setting our sights to the next couple of years, we wanted contextual feedback from hospitals for their medical device integration plans going forward and where they see their MDI priorities.

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