Patient Care Is Exception Based Unlike widgets coming off a production line, patients have their own diagnostic challenges and response to therapies. Plan we must, but patient-centered care must balance care plans in the face of the inevitable exceptions.
Interrupt-Driven Care Delivery Tasks are frequently interrupted by important events like medical device alarms and a myriad of less critical but important requests from patients, family members and staff. The interruption of critical tasks is a recognized source of stress, human error and sentinel events.
System of Systems A myriad of technologies are found at the point of care. Medical devices, many with their own systems, along with enabling technologies for smart patient rooms, real time location systems, secure messaging, the ubiquitous nurse call system all must reliably work together. Keeping it working as things change over time is another challenge.
Organizational Silos: People in many distinct roles coordinate efforts at the point of care to ensure safe and effective patient care. Besides daily care coordination, planning, purchasing, deployment and ongoing use and support must also be coordinated across numerous organizational silos.
Medical device connectivity is the foundation for the evolution of medical devices to information appliances. These devices gather information that support the automation of workflow, improve patient safety to reduce sentinel events, relieve care interruptions and improve overall efficiency and satisfaction of both staff and patients.