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How to Eliminate Innovation Obstacles

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:11:09 +0000

Innovation — whether in business, technology or health care delivery — is about figuring out how to do something in a new and better way. To succeed we must overcome challenges and obstacles, and one of the most common challenges is the unknown. Fortunately there are methods and tools for gaining most of the knowledge necessary […]

4 Models for Alarm Vigilance

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:29 +0000

The method of arranging medical devices and those that recognize and respond to alarms is fundamental to alarm safety. The following are the 4 models or methods for alarm vigilance and notification in use today. These models are: line of sight, out of sight, monitoring techs, and automated notification. Let’s look at each one in turn. […]

Connectivity and Hackability

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:48:49 +0000

It is somewhat ironic that Hospira and Cerner announced a new collaboration on Hospira’s infusion pumps and Cerner’s EHR given that Hospira has recently had more than its share of attention with respect to asserted LifeCare and Symbiq pump cybersecurity vulnerabilities. This attention included a notice from the Department of Homeland Security as well as from the FDA […]

FDA Takes Step Backwards with New MDDS Guidance

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:06:03 +0000

This summer, FDA proposed lifting regulations from certain currently regulated medical devices. This unprecedented policy shift targets devices known as Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) and is intended to benefit the mobile app industry and companies like Google, Apple and others. The current regulatory burden for MDDS devices is Class I, 510(k) exempt. This means […]

Inaugural Clinical Alarm Safety Symposium

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:35:31 +0000

Clinical alarm safety can be hard to achieve, and once attained, a struggle to maintain. There are so many challenges: False/positive and non-actionable alarms; Optimizing default alarm limits across patient populations and for individual patients; Spread out nursing units with high patient-to-nurse ratios; Numerous alarm notification methods - audible signal amplification, monitor techs and alarm […]

Role of Montoring Techs in Alarm Notification

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:21:19 +0000

Challenges with alarm notification and fatigue have plagued the health care industry for decades. Long before alarm notification systems like Emergin (now Philips IntelliSpace Event Management) and GlobeStar Systems (ConnexAll) appeared, some hospitals addressed alarm issues with the original alarm notification system, monitoring techs. Monitoring techs remain an accepted and effective tool in the constant battle […]

Order Workflows

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:00:49 +0000

Except for emergent situations, no medical device is used without an order. And if not an order written to accomplish a certain clinical task for a specific patient, then "standing" orders captured in written policies and procedures to handle frequent, routine situations. Consequently, orders are one of the first workflow steps in medical device connectivity. […]

Scheduling Workflow

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:37:50 +0000

Scheduling is not a workflow one normally associates with medical device connectivity. In some applications, scheduling is handled by software separate from the connectivity solution. Sometimes, scheduling is not done at all. In other applications, as we shall see, scheduling is so much a part of the broader workflow, that it's hard to recognize as […]

Patient Context Workflow

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:33:25 +0000

Connectivity enabled medical devices send patient data right out of the medical device to a network, be it a body area network, cellular broadband network, home or enterprise network. The network then conveys this medical device data to databases and applications that store, display and manipulate the data. When a medical device is directly attached […]

Alarm Fatigue Plagues Hospitals. Again. Still.

Wed, 08 May 2013 17:21:03 +0000

On April 8, 2013, the Joint Commission published a Sentinel Event Alert on medical device alarm safety in hospitals. Once again, alarm hazards tops the ECRI Institute's 2013 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards. Alarm fatigue is unfortunately a topic that is evergreen because it has plagued hospitals for many years and shows little sign of abating. […]