Day: March 9, 2007

Daylight Savings Is This Weekend

In an effort to reduce energy consumption, the government has moved the start of Daylight Savings Time from April 1 to March 11 and the ending from October 28 to November 4 (the day after my birthday). This change will save untold millions of barrels of oil, and impoverish or enrich Bush's friends in the oil industry (depending on your political persuasion), and potentially risk patient safety. This from the FDA: Dear Healthcare Practitioner, Hospital Director and Safety Manager: This is to alert you to the possibility that some medical devices (equipment), hospital networks and associated information technology systems may generate adverse events because of the upcoming change in the start and end dates for Daylight Savings Time (DST), and to suggest actions you can take to prevent such occurrences. While we do not know which specific devices might be affected, FDA is concerned about medical devices or medical device networks that operate together or interact with other networked devices, e.g. where a synchronization of clocks may be necessary. If a medical device or medical device network is adversely affected by the new DST date changes, a patient treatment or diagnostic result could be: incorrectly prescribed provided at the wrong time missed given more than once given for longer or shorter durations than intended incorrectly recorded Any of these unpredictable events could harm patients and not be obvious to...

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Defibtech AEDs Recalled by Company

According to the FDA: Defibtech, is initiating a voluntary worldwide recall of Lifeline Semi-automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and ReviveR Semi-automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This recall affects all Lifeline and ReviveR AEDs with software versions 2.002 and earlier. The self-test software for these devices may allow a self-test to clear a previously detected low battery condition. If this situation occurs, the operator may be unaware of the low battery, and the device may be unable to deliver a defibrillation shock, which could result in failure to resuscitate a patient. This is a Class I recall, the most safety-critical recall as defined by the FDA. You can read my profile of Defibtech, “Medical Device Commoditization Hits Health Care” from February, 2006. Pictured right is their new Lifeline...

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Richmond (Va) Ambulance Authority Deploys Wireless Tech

Another emergency medical service is deploying wireless technology to support workflow automation, improve pre-hospital care, and better communicate patient data to waiting hospital Emergency Departments. From Information Week (press release): In an announcement Tuesday, the RAA said the In Motion technology, which can access different wireless networks while ambulances race to their destinations, had not only improved pre-hospital patient care by improving dispatch times, but had also brought about a 50 percent reduction in mobile data communications costs. A spokeswoman for In Motion said the firm's “little black box” has been fitted with communications cards that enable ambulances to access a variety of wireless networks from satellite links and WiFi hot spots to cell phone and UMTS networks. The system can even connect with some private IP networks operated by companies. […] In setting up the system, the RAA was confronted with a series of challenges — the exact location of ambulances was needed for rapid dispatching, drivers were expending valuable seconds studying paper maps, and response time had to be shortened to seconds. The RAA also asked for a system that would supply up-to-date patent records and the records must be HIPAA-compliant and encrypted. In Motion's onBoard Mobile Gateway Manager pinpoints vehicle location while it monitors the status of different wireless networks. The technology has enabled new features to be introduced including Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle...

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Emano Tec Lauches Medical Tablet PC

Okay, it’s not an off-the-shelf PC as like the Motion C5 or Philips ProScribe. But this is one very interesting device. Developed by Emano Tec in conjunction with CareGroup’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, the MedTab hits the following point of care requirements: Droppable (tested to 30g impact) Pocketable (5.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 will fit in a lab coat pocket) Can be wiped with disinfectants Water resistant 12 hour battery life (with larger capacity battery) Wireless – 802.11g and Bluetooth 1024 x 768 touch screen display Optional bar code, RFID, magnetic card, and fingerprint readers $2,000 each with volumes of 50 or more Did I mention it has a 12 hour battery life? Wow, I’m impressed. We have yet to reach perfection, but this device comes close for a clinician carried use model. This is a very, dare I say, sexy device. Unfortunately the target market is physicians. There are several large institutions that could spring for a device like this, but nothing like a majority of the hospital market. Another bit of a miss is targeting EMR applications – actual EMR adoption is quite a bit behind all the hype – although the early adopters will probably be the large institutions who might actually buy something like this for their physicians (places like Kaiser, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo and large university teaching hospitals come to mind). Sorry doctors, but...

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