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Medical Device Connectivity: Helping to Improve Workflow Efficiencies
March 10, 2022

Medical device integrations are an important aspect in any healthcare facility running multiple software applications. These integrations are especially vital to success during this ongoing pandemic.

According to a recent article in JAMA, medical devices “can enhance clinician productivity and satisfaction by automating manual record-keeping tasks. By rendering clinically relevant information available at clinicians’ fingertips in near real-time, interoperable networked devices could yield dividends in quality, safety, and operational efficiency.”

Device integration in hospital and ICU areas allows accurate vital sign data transfer which is useful to staff who can make informed decisions, use time savings to concentrate on patient care and report and reference accurate historical data. Without this integration patient vital sign statistics may be informally jotted down before manual electronic record entry which may be missing integration preciseness.

Some benefits of utilizing a system similar to Picis that automatically and accurately capture, store, and display data with this integration are best described in Five Ways Medical Device Connectivity is Changing Healthcare.

Five areas outlined in the article include:

  • Access to current patient information - allows the caregiver to make informed decisions faster to speed the treatment delivery and help improve outcomes.
  • Error Reduction - manually transcribed patient information is found to be 10-25% erroneous
  • Remote Monitoring - medical device connectivity allows the remote monitoring of chronic diseases
  • Cost Savings -medical device connectivity can help lower healthcare costs by providing the caregiver with access to current information to improve diagnostic speed and accuracy
  • Time Savings - improves workflow efficiency by saving the healthcare provider the time of maintaining paper charting

Perioperative software applications such as Anesthesia Manager, PACU Manager and Critical Care Manager benefit from medical device integration and resulting workflow efficiencies. The quality of clinical decisions is directly related to the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of patient data in the EMR. Medical device connectivity helps minimize errors and omissions inpatient diagnostic data and allows physicians to access the most current data on demand. As a result, clinicians can spend more time at the bedside, thus elevating the level of patient care.

About the Author

Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Support Services

Jeff brings more than 20 years of healthcare IT experience and with a proven track record on delivering results. With a wide range of experience, ranging from a Sargent in the United States Marine Corp to a corrections officer and then starting in the healthcare industry as a network specialist and then as a NPR developer. With Jeff’s technical history and as a strategist, Jeff’s ability to deliver and execute customer success is reflected within the organization’s success. Prior to the post of VP of support operations, Jeff has held several increasingly responsible roles including technical support, professional services, development, and customer success since joining Picis in 2007.