Every second medical devices generate huge amounts of actionable, timely information about both patients and the devices themselves—data that can have significant clinical and operational impact if they can be captured, normalized, tailored and disseminated to the many diverse applications that need them. Yet these data that can make a difference in both patient care and the efficiency of a hospital’s medical device infrastructure are often lost or underutilized in the vast ocean of healthcare information.
Medical devices provide invaluable information to clinicians on a patient’s condition, making them a critical component in the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care. However, managing and maintaining the plethora of medical devices in hospitals is not an easy task for clinical engineers. Compounding this are standards for medical equipment maintenance announced by the Joint Commission to align with updated regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that require hospitals to develop and implement medical equipment plans on all devices.1,2
Medical devices provide invaluable information to clinicians on a patient’s condition, making them a critical component in the delivery of safe, high-quality and efficient patient care. However, managing and maintaining the plethora of medical devices in hospitals is not an easy task for clinical engineers. Compounding this are standards for medical equipment maintenance announced by the Joint Commission to align with updated regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that require hospitals to develop and implement medical equipment plans on all devices.1,2
Editor's note: In celebration of National Nurses Week we asked a variety of nurses, ranging from our team members, clients, and social followers to share their thoughts on a wide range of nursing issues. In this blog post, our own Halley Hoeff explores the impact on technology and patient care.
This week, I decided to review a few of the articles I’d written over the years. I was drawn to an article I wrote for ADVANCE on the complexity of nursing in the digital world. Although authored several years ago, the theme is as relevant today as when it was originally published.
As we reflect on the themes from National Patient Safety Awareness Week, it seems appropriate that we end the work week on an important and relevant topic to most US hospitals: device alarms. The frequency and number of alarms cause a sensory overload condition described as “alarm fatigue”: a desensitization to alarms created by the overwhelming number of alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable alarms. In fact, alarm fatigue has been cited as the leading cause of sentinel events according to The Joint Commission, AAMI Foundation and other organizations. Hospitals still struggle to meet the 2014 and 2016 National Patient Goals to improve the management of those alarms.
Information technology produces vast amounts of data; however, in order to be truly useful, systems need to be integrated and data requires proper patient context. For example, vital sign measurements alone are not actionable without knowing patient demographics, history, and current observations. Vital signs can also contribute to the calculation of an early warning score to detect early identification of a patient’s decline. This information can be sent to a handheld nursing device as an alert or to a unit view in the EMR. In this example, multiple technologies - an electronic medical record, a medical device, a clinical calculator, and a nurse call system - are all integrated to provide actionable information to busy clinicians.
When it comes to medical devices, most people think of patient monitoring and physiologic data such as HR, SPO2, respiration rate waveforms and physiologic alarms. But there’s a lot more “under the hood” of a device – a lot more than just physiologic data that, when applied in new ways, can contribute to patient safety efforts and help with operational efficiencies.
CHALLENGE: Optimizing the management and use of medical device data
Government mandates, quality initiatives, and incentives have encouraged healthcare delivery organizations to more rapidly implement information technology throughout their respective enterprises, especially when it comes to automating the documentation of patient care in their electronic medical records. Only recently, though, have they begun to realize the unique value of medical device data elements — a combination of physiologic data, therapeutic device settings, and alarm information — to provide powerful clinical and operational insight and support, and to drive other applications essential to patient care and safety.
Vision for medical-grade connectivity in the hospital, at home and all points in between
In this 3-minute video, Rick Valencia shares the thinking behind Qualcomm Life's "Internet of Medical Things" strategy and the benefits of Capsule's SmartLinx MDIS and Qualcomm Life's 2net vendor-neutral platforms. Combining the platforms’ respective core competencies in medical device connectivity and integration will help enable disparate systems from hospital to home to seamlessly provide medical device data that can improve the delivery of patient care.
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.
In addition to being a nurse, I have been the proud mom to a Boy Scout for quite some time now. He absolutely loves the Scouts and it’s been a wonderful experience for him. I have to admit, he is growing and maturing into quite a fine young man and, with the help of great Scout Masters as well as a lot of hard work on his part, he’s developed leadership skills that he would’ve had a hard time acquiring outside of Scouts. His ultimate goal is to become an Eagle Scout. He is well on his way and I have no doubt he will attain it.
It is with great excitement that I announce that Qualcomm Life has acquired Capsule Technologie. Going forward, we will continue to be known as “Capsule” but all mentions of the company will include the tagline, “a Qualcomm Life company”. Qualcomm Life is part of a large public entity, Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM), with the resources to support and facilitate the further development and evolution of our products and services.
Award Presented at GO!2015
CapsuleTech was honored to receive the SIS Partner of the Year award for its DataCaptor and SmartLinx Medical Device Information System® solutions that provide electronic delivery of patient vitals from the OR or PACU. Clients using Capsule and SIS solutions have improved patient data availability, increased clinician job satisfaction, and have seen a reduction in documentation times.