In the first part of this story, we’ve seen how MHI was on another step towards digitalization with the connection of Maquet ventilators for vital signs collection. This medical device integration allows the hospital to save two hours per caregiver per day. This second part will focus on the next steps for the Montreal Heart Institut and how using “avant garde” technology allows them to enhance patient care.
The next step: extend the automation to the rest of the hospital
At Enovacom we have middleware libraries for a wide range of patient devices, including ventilators, ECGs, pumps, anesthesia workstations, dialysis equipment, oxymeters and more. This allows many options for vital signs collection.
Choosing the hospital’s roadmap to more extensive automation is a matter for discussion, says Marius Tine, strategic advisor with Purkinje Inc. Services Informatiques, the Montreal-based integrator for the project.
“You can integrate pretty much all vital signs equipment,” says Tine. The integrator and the hospital have to determine which integrations will add the most value, and what the cost and risk management implications are.
MHI put together a team about 18 months ago with a mission to drive innovation in “a responsible and human way,” says Anne Nguyen, co-ordinator of the hospitals’ Digital Hospital Initiative. The five-year vision for electronic health records revolves around real-time data collection and access, including telemedicine-based information from patients who aren’t on site.
MHI: a better hospital for a better care
MHI is focusing on “avant garde,” mobile-first technology, Nguyen says. The strategy is patient-centric and designed to combat the “digital fatigue” of learning new applications and technologies.
The Digital Hospital vision is supported by four pillars.
- Care focused on patients’ well-being. The initiative is to build technologies and processes around the patient experience. Technologies that are transparent to the user can help patients with treatment and compliance help make the patient part of the decision-making process.
- Changing the current healthcare system. Mobile technologies like smartphones, mobile apps and smart objects increase patient engagement and allow different healthcare professionals to co-ordinate follow-ups.
- Better prevent, predict and cure cardiovascular disease. The massive amounts of data collected through the network will be centralized and integrated with other clinical data picked up from the network.
- Strengthening at-home health care. Mobile technologies will create a holistic, rather than episodic, approach to patient care. Data collected in real-time from the patient can extend care beyond the hospital.
The hospital’s IP network is also to be fitted for navigation technology. The 60-year-old campus is undergoing a renovation and expansion, adding 15 percent in floor space, Nguyen says.
“There’s a lot going on right now,” Nguyen says. The site is becoming tricky to navigate, she said, particularly for older patients. The average age of an MHI patient is 67 years.
“When the patient is in MHI, it will be easier to get from Point A to Point B,” Nguyen says.
The French-language connection is an important differentiator for Enovacom in the Quebec market, Larochelle says, but at the end of the day, “hospitals are hospitals.”
“IT strategy can be different from one place to another,” he says. “But any hospital faces the same challenges” — improving efficiencies, reducing costs, freeing up resources.
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