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Medical device integration: how Enovacom helps healthcare organisations face COVID-19

Publié le 08/04/2020

Medical device integration: how Enovacom helps healthcare organisations face COVID-19


Faced with the Coronavirus epidemic and containment measures in France, Enovacom is still fully operational remotely. Our service continues and our products are well placed to help fight the virus, especially with the connection and integration of ventilators into your healthcare organisation.

Connect and integrate the ventilators into your healthcare organisation to free up time for caregivers


There are various medical device categories in a healthcare organisation that are used for diagnosis, patient monitoring or therapies. The majority of ventilators, which are part of the wider field of medical devices, are particularly essential and crucial in the COVID19 crisis. In fact, they support infected patients with breathing support when they experience respiratory failures and without them, the mortality rate could increase dramatically.

Mid-March, Matt Hancock, Health Secretary in the UK called out to manufacturers all over the country to build ventilators so that the NHS can equip healthcare organisations across the country and help them fight the current pandemic and all the future infections. All over the world, manufacturers are making great strides to get these ventilators into the hands of healthcare organisations. In the UK, Dyson received an order from the U.K. government for 10,000 ventilators to support the NHS and said they’ll donate another 5,000 to help. In the US, Ford partners with GE Healthcare. The giant car maker said it would provide its technical and production expertise to manufacture a simplified design of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilators.

But even with the right number of ventilators available for each healthcare organisation, there is a lot of time and risks associated with the manual transcription of vital signs data into the patient record.

To ensure the best utilisation of the outputted data by the ventilators, and to enhance patient care, these ventilators must be directly connected and integrated to the electronic patient record. This will allow them to automatically collect device measurements, and populate in near-real time within the patient EMR (electronic medical record), reducing the transcription time and risk of errors associated with manual entry and allowing nurses to spend more time with the patients.  

Our biomedical interoperability solution, ENOVACOM Patient Connect (EPC) is a 100% software solution and fully agnostic. In fact, EPC allows healthcare organisations to connect and integrate their ventilators (from any manufacturer) with any healthcare IT system or dedicated clinical application such as Electronic Medical Records. By automatically collecting and populating the electronic patient chart with the right data (physiologic parameters, device settings, alerts and alarms produced by the ventilator itself) from the right patient, Patient Connect, eliminates manual entry, reduces transcription error, provides caregivers with more insights into patient health, enhances clinical decision-making capability to improve patient outcomes and helps free up time for caregivers to better care their patients.

Recently, we hosted a webinar to show how EPC can address this unique situation, on that subject, make sure you don’t miss it >> Register for the replay

What’s already been done around the world

In the UK

As a Global Digital Exemplar and named by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as one of the world’s ‘most wired’ hospitals, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prides itself on ensuring its clinical and nursing staff have access to digital tools and information that help free up time and improve care.

Connectivity between IT systems is fundamental to this ambition. The trust’s journey to HIMSS level 7 has interoperability as its heart. So, when the trust turned to Enovacom to connect highly complex data from 11 ventilators to the electronic patient record (EPR) in their busy and life critical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the stakes were high.

In this case study, discover how Wirral’s nurses are benefiting from medical device integration for a safer and more productive care, as well as how the organisation is working hard to develop workflows and blueprints for other providers to learn from their experiences around connecting mobile devices and becoming paperless.

In Swizerland

The Vaudois University Hospital (CHUV) has always been focusing on efficiency, innovation and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). They took an interest in the medical device integration solution of Enovacom in 2016, to use hospital gowns with integrated vital data readers which feed directly into biomedical devices.

In this case study with interviews of Frédéric André, IT Project Manager, and Nathalie SERVAT, Head Care Unit Nurse (ICUS) at the Continuing Cardiology Care Unit & Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at the CHUV, you’ll discover how Enovacom’s solution benefits the CHUV by removing physicians’ unnecessary task of reading vital signs from monitors and manually typing them into EPRs.

In Canada

The Montreal Heart Institute automates vital signs collection in ICU and easily integrates data with patient’s EHR.

The renowned Quebec cardiac hospital has implemented an automated, electronic solution to collect vital signs data from ventilators in its intensive care unit thanks to Enovacom’s interoperability software suite.

Enovacom helps automate the transcription of vital signs data from MHI’s Maquet Servo-I mobile ventilators into the hospital’s electronic health record and onto the nurses’ handheld tablets.

This saves time over writing the information down and re-entering it into the patients’ electronic health records and other hospital systems. It also prevents transcription errors. All this time saved allows caregivers to focus on patient care.

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