Special report: Integration key to ending "communication chaos"

by Diana Bradley, Staff Writer | July 23, 2012
From the July 2012 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

It is becoming commonplace for end users to not only request, but expect more intelligent filtering capabilities and direction of messages when it comes to patient monitoring systems. GE has implemented a multi-pronged approach to address this issue. The company’s main focus is taking that communication chaos and making it “communication sensibility,” according to Barash.

“A lot of our work around the communication chaos is educating our users around how best to use the technology and make sure it’s most effective,” he notes.

Future forecasting: Monitoring the monitors
If you get garbage in, it’s pretty much garbage out. And trying to match the garbage on the other side will be more difficult than just getting to the root cause of the problem, says Besher Tabbara, market manager for Siemens Healthcare’s Soarian Clinicals, a workflow management solution.

“Fix patient monitor communication upfront, get an accurate measurement, try to minimize user errors you can control, get a nice lead attachment to the patient, get a good signal on the monitor and try to eliminate or get rid of the noise you can control upfront,” he advises.

Fortunately, a number of guidelines and initiatives are underway to help manufacturers and care workers answer the call for improved interoperability in alarm systems. For example, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), a campaign by health care professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in health care share information, has set up the IHE Patient Care Device Technical Framework Supplement on Alarm Communication Management. The framework, which was released for trial implementation last July, provides a uniform way of representing common alarm conditions in HL7 (Health Level Seven International) messages to facilitate interoperability of systems from different vendors.

Initiatives and idealism aside, Spacelabs’ Enebo sees this as an ongoing problem that health care facilities and manufacturers are going to have to continuously monitor to keep under control.

“Developing new solutions that optimize workflow is the nature of the business,” he says. “You constantly have new devices, new technologies, new data integrations between devices and new information with new clinical data.”

DOTmed Registered 2012 - July DMBN: Patient Monitors Companies

Names in boldface are Premium Listings.
Ryan McGinty, Medical Device Pro's, CA
Roberto Martinez, Mart Medical Equipment and Services, Inc., FL
Ronald Tarr, MEDELCO, FL
Lilly Echazabal , TH. Medical Equipment, FL
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Todd McCuaig, LS Inc, IL
Brad Rumph, Heartland Medical, KY
Alda Clemmey, Saffire Medical, MA
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Robert Schirano, Finger Lakes Medical Supply LLC, NY
Lawrence Maroney, Integris Equipment, NY
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Joe Harper, Sage Services Group, SC
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Liz Nie, Kantech International (Jiangxi) Co., Ltd, China
Liming Xue, SinaCan Exchange Co.,, Canada
Reno Itzhaki, Eltec Eng. Medical Systems Ltd. , Israel

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