If you weren’t lucky enough to attend HIMSS12 in Las Vegas, or simply need a refresher of some of the solutions promoted at the largest healthcare IT conference, we have chosen a few standouts for you. This year’s event was held Feb. 20-24 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center and hosted more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and a record 37,032 attendees. Sessions on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use, ICD-10, mobile health and mHIMSS, business and clinical analytics, and more kept attendees busy during the week.
Patient ID wristbands on demand
The DYMO Patient Identification Wristband Solution allows healthcare professionals to create on-demand patient wristbands and labels from the industry-exclusive dual-roll printer, the LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo. This solution eliminates waste by printing the exact quantity and combination of wristbands and labels desired for each patient. Because the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo acts as two printers in one, it is an ideal choice for medical practices, small hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
EMR cart gets a makeover
The redesigned StyleView EMR cart portfolio incorporates a patent-pending new head unit designed to significantly reduce workflow interruption as well as IT support needs. This ergonomic cart features a new slide-open design and a three-piece interlocking work surface that offers superior cleanability and redundant security features to deter data tampering or theft. This unit is compatible with an extensive range of CPUs, laptops, tablet PCs and LCD monitors and is now wide enough to accommodate 17.3-inch laptops or USFF CPUs.
EMR cart for iPad and Android devices
The newly launched PeerCare brand of highly adaptable fixed and mobile IT product mounting solutions includes the PeerCare EMR Hybrid Cart, which is optimized for iPad, Android and other tablet platforms for hospitals that use such devices for charting. This lightweight, user-configurable solution is available in both powered and non-powered configurations. When used with its modular, palm-size battery system accessory and available external charging station, this cart delivers more than 24 hours of multi-shift use on a single charge.
Streamline your staff communications
Vocera Connect software extends the Vocera Communication platform to a range of leading phones, including the Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7900 Series, iPhones, Android-based phones and BlackBerry devices. This solution provides immediate, direct communication between care team members, regardless of their device or location, to help hospitals improve workflow and increase patient safety. Enhance your communications platform with the Vocera Messaging solution, which provides users with reliable, HIPAA-compliant delivery of critical pages, text, messages, alarms and alerts.
Total mobile medical device integration
The Nuvon System is a patient-care data-integration solution that manages thousands of device connections across multiple locations. The Nuvon Mobile Device Manager is a smartphone-size, mobile point-of-care appliance with a built-in bar code reader that travels with medical devices for streamlined positive patient identification, location status and care delivery. This solution supports both wired and wireless communication (LAN, WiFi and ZigBee) with secure, encrypted transmission of patient care data to the EMR and other clinical information systems. Automated device identification eliminates manual setup and configuration.
Medical data collection gets creative
Tonic Health develops patient-friendly medical data collection tools for healthcare organizations, including physician practices, hospitals and research institutions. The company’s lead product is an iPad-based data collection platform that combines an easy-to-use interface, visually appealing graphics and game-like elements with the potential to deliver higher patient engagement, more accurate data, improved patient tracking and screening, and lower costs. The technology is currently being implemented at all five of the University of California campuses as part of the landmark Athena breast cancer study.
Voice-driven clinical documentation
Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist (developed in cooperation with 3M Health Information Systems) to monitor physician documentation and Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics, which identifies key clinical and quality indicators from large volumes of narrative clinical data, empower healthcare organizations to capture a complete and accurate patient story by using advanced voice technologies. These solutions aim to transform and leverage what has been captured with clinical language understanding (CLU) in ways that have never been possible.
Break down ERP and EHR silos
Powered by the Lawson Cloverleaf Integration Engine, the Lawson Clinical Bridge adapters for ERP link clinical, financial and operational systems. Sharing information across the enterprise improves decision making, reduces costs and increases the quality of care by allowing healthcare providers to spend less time on administrative functions and more time focused on patient care. Customers using Lawson’s S3 applications can implement Lawson Clinical Bridge to exchange data with various clinical systems to easily and securely share data such as patient information, inventory items and patient scheduling and billing.
Improve clinical data sharing within and between facilities
Orion Health HIE, a technology backbone for enterprise and community-wide clinical data sharing used by hospitals, health systems and public HIEs across the U.S., has new enhancements and options. In the Provider Portal, a new Timeline View allows a clinician to review a patient’s clinical history over time, improving the ability to see a holistic medical history. Orion Health Clinical Portal 7.0 is a certified 2011 Complete EHR. New options include Business Intelligence & Analytics that provide pre-built clinical quality dashboards for meaningful-use reporting and an Integration Toolkit for federated data exchange.
Soarian goes ambulatory
In an effort to better address the needs of health enterprise customers with a patient-centered care delivery model, Siemens has broadened the capabilities of Soarian Clinicals to include the ambulatory practice/physician office space. This development effort will be a multi-year, multi-release project, with the expected general availability of the first release in 2013, as part of Soarian Clinicals 3.4. This approach will leverage and enhance Soarian’s existing capabilities, such as embedded workflow capabilities, and include new functionality and content to optimize clinician workflow in the ambulatory environment.
App authentication for Android
Unveiled late last year for iPhones and iPads, the PhoneFactor App for securing account log-ins and transactions now includes Android support. While most mobile authentication apps output a one-time passcode (just replicating the functionality of a hardware token), the PhoneFactor App takes a unique approach by pushing a notification to the user’s smartphone or tablet. The user simply taps “Authenticate” (or enters a PIN and taps “Authenticate”) in the PhoneFactor App to verify account log-ins and transactions. A “Report Fraud” option blocks attackers and alerts your company’s fraud response team.