Qualcomm Life announced several new offerings on its smart platform that make data more visible and actionable, empowering clinicians and caregivers to make better insight-based decisions about their patients. The platform connects medical devices and clinical systems, collects and contextualizes all available data, and securely integrates data into other systems and applications. The new offerings provide customers the ability to simplify workflow, documentation, alarms management and achieve patient surveillance with at-a-glance views.
Many healthcare systems today are data rich but insights poor. Important patient information is collected by individual medical devices in siloed care settings. The data often comes in the form of multiple alerts and lacks critical context (patient ID, caregiver ID, time, location) and can fail to provide insight into a patient’s overall condition. Staff are overburdened with data and manual documentation which can lead to missed issues, errors and a delay in timely information.
“According to one study, clinicians spend 35% of their time on documentation and only 19% spent on patient care,” Rick Valencia, President of Qualcomm Life, said in a statement. “Not being able to spend enough time with patients is a huge dissatisfier for both parties. Manual data entry and documentation are administrative burdens that can impact HCAHP scores resulting in lost revenue. Our smart platform and the offerings we are announcing today can help give time back to providers to care for their patients.”
A key component of the enhanced offering is Advanced Integration. This capability captures data, including waveforms, from multiple medical devices. Advanced Integration tailors data by selecting elements and then transforming and filtering the data at the frequency the downstream system needs. This may include electronic medical records (EMRs), alarm management, research databases and clinical decision support systems. It also consolidates many alerts into a single, more meaningful alert message.
In contrast, receiving too many alerts can contribute to “alert fatigue,” which happens when clinicians override or ignore multiple messages because they get in the way of delivering high-quality care.
Additional offerings include Capsule Vitals Plus, which is used in non-critical care settings to bring a new level of clinical usability to the traditional vital signs monitoring market; Intelligent Care Applications that bring near-real-time insights to clinical staff, improving situational awareness; IQ Analytics that is used for managing hospital medical devices and reducing clinical interruptions by knowing exactly where the devices are located; Rapid Patient ID, which provides integration and patient identification to wireless devices, expanding the number of connected devices and device types; and 2net Hub that in its next generation enables secure data capture and transmission from medical devices and sensors in the clinical setting as well as the home. This second generation of the 2net Hub provides faster data rates, increased coverage and reduced latency over the first generation of 2net Hub.