MHI on another step towards digitalization with the connection of Maquet ventilators
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.
It’s another step towards Montreal Heart Institute’s vision of a “Digital Hospital,” says Leila El-Fehri, biomedical engineer with MHI.
Middleware from 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.
The Enovacom Suite was designed from the caregiver’s perspective, says Alain Larochelle, Enovacom’s Country Manager in Canada.
“What do caregivers do on a daily basis? How do we integrate it seamlessly?” Larochelle says. “It has to be transparent to the users.”
Caregivers use the same applications that they have been using daily. As they make their rounds, the ventilators, connected to the hospital’s TCP/IP network, update the applications.
From saving time to the automatic integration of vital signs data, the benefits of the medical device integration solution
“The project achieved several objectives,” says El-Fehri. Aside from eliminating transcription errors, the system allows regular logging of patient data, and allows clinicians to quickly find vital parameters to speed medical decision-making, she says.
It also frees up caregiver time to focus on optimizing patient care, she says.
The amount of time saved adds up, as more medical machinery is connected. At the Bordeaux-area Hospital Centre de Libourne, whose ICU is similar in size to MHI’s 21-bed unit, as many as eight devices per bed are network-connected in this fashion, says Larochelle. It’s saving the hospital two hours per caregiver per day.
Montreal Heart Institute automates vital signs collection in ICU and easily integrates data with patient’s EHR – Part 2
Learn all about the future of the project and the 4 pillars allowing the Montreal Heart Institute to enhance patient care in the second part of this article.
Want to see this solution in action? Discover how Wirral’s ICU nurses are benefiting from medical device integration