Archive for 2009

If You’re Looking at RTLS, Don’t Overlook Passive RFID and Other Notes from RFID in Health Care 2009 – Boston

September 18, 2009 Comments Off on If You’re Looking at RTLS, Don’t Overlook Passive RFID and Other Notes from RFID in Health Care 2009 – Boston

Just back from attending RFIDJournal’s RFID in Health Care 2009 conference yesterday in Waltham, MA. In spite of the economic downturn, the good news is that RFID continues to gain momentum in healthcare because it is having real impact on productivity and the bottom line. What was once just a promising set of technologies and solutions is increasingly becoming mainstream. Some takeaways from the event... it seems that there are enough forces to motivate the market away from WiFi solutions. Second, creative funding models are really what are helping the adoption of enterprise solutions along with managed services. The shift away ... More »

Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) in Healthcare: Wi-Not Wi-Fi?

August 7, 2009 Comments Off on Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) in Healthcare: Wi-Not Wi-Fi?

Just finished reading David Hoglund's newest white paper on RTLS in healthcare. If you are in healthcare technology, and are not already tracking David's excellent Healthcare Wireless and Device Connectivity blog I highly suggest either firing up your RSS reader and pointing it here, or signing up for his newsletter here. You can download the white paper here here. I'm not always a great fan of white papers as I often find them manipulative point of view wise, but I think this piece (except for a couple of paragraphs at the end) gives a very impartial read on the whys and ... More »

Alarm Management Middleware and the Enterprise

May 3, 2009 Comments Off on Alarm Management Middleware and the Enterprise

Consultant, "Connectologist," and industry observer Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity site is one of the rare places on the internet that covers the healthcare alarm management middleware space. Recently he published a series of  posts tracking activities at Globestar's Annual User group meeting in Lisbon, where he served as the keynote speaker where he brings to life some real life examples of middleware applications in acute care. In his 05/01/09 post Tim reports on case studies shared by three Canadian hospitals who are using Globestar's ConnexALL® to meet their respective workflow and alarm management requirements. And while these case studies will be ... More »

Vocera, Hospitalists, Nocturnists and DND

April 22, 2009 Comments Off on Vocera, Hospitalists, Nocturnists and DND

According to the March 12th issues of the New England Journal of Medicine (as reported in MedPage Today), in some regions of the US, upwards of 70% of inpatient care now being taken care of by hospitalists. With the steady rise of these physicians who are primarily hospital employees, it's no surprise that these doctors are increasingly part of workflow technologies like Vocera. Communication needs and preferences are very different for different clinical roles, and hospitalists are no exception. The following illustrates a Vocera workflow for hospitalists that accommodate their preferred communication style. It's a great example of how incredibly creative ... More »

Vocera and the Night Transporters

April 10, 2009 Comments Off on Vocera and the Night Transporters

Recently, while doing regular rounds as part of our ongoing support for one of our customers, I observed Kathy G (night manager) and a nurse pushing a bed with a patient in it to one of the nursing units. When I asked her where the transporter was (Brian M. was in the Night Transporter Group), she replied that she could not reach him. I made a mental note to come back and chat with her regarding how we could make some modifications to Vocera's calling behavior and workflow to help her in this type of situation. She later had time to meet ... More »

Voalte Creates Sparks @ HIMSS2009

April 9, 2009 Comments Off on Voalte Creates Sparks @ HIMSS2009

After a very exhausting quick two day run through HIMSS2009 in Chicago, my colleague Bill McKenna asked me whether I had any takeaways. If I was true to form, Bill would have gotten a very quick read from me, but as we finished up lunch, I didn’t really have a fast or easy answer. Now riding the plane back to New York, I take a moment to make some commentary. Bill and I had a bit of hit list at HIMSS and we worked to catch up with vendors who work in our areas of focus: voice communications, alarm management, and ... More »