FALL RIVER, Mass. and JUPITER, Fla., Dec. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Excel Medical (Excel), the leader in Next-Generation Medical Device Integration™ (MDI), today announced that Massachusetts-based Southcoast Health has deployed Excel's BedComm™ platform to facilitate medical device data integration between the health system's 47 operating room anesthesia monitors and its new Epic electronic health record (EHR). Excel's initial remit, which is currently being implemented, covers all operating rooms in Southcoast Health's three acute-care hospitals and surgery center, including all labor and delivery ORs.
Like many hospitals and medical centers today, Southcoast Health is confronting the challenges of effective capture, utilization, retention and communication of high-value patient data. Its recent EHR deployment underscores an immediate need for device connectivity in the health system. Recognizing they needed a system-wide solution that would gather key monitoring data from OR anesthesia machines and deliver that data seamlessly into Epic's EHR interface, Southcoast Health undertook a rigorous due diligence process to identify the right partner solution. Ultimately, the health system determined Excel's BedComm platform provided the best integration and functionality available for fulfilling Southcoast Health's requirements and the selection was made.
"As a healthcare system, we are first and foremost patient-centric and patient safety centered," said Scott LaRosa, Director of Clinical Systems for Southcoast Health. "BedComm delivers multiple areas of value for us. Above all, it ensures that crucial data is where, and when, the anesthesia team needs it. This is fundamental to better decision-making and ultimately delivering better patient care."
Dan Bazinet, Director of Clinical Engineering and Technology at Southcoast Health added, "Ultimately, the technology gives our anesthesia staff the time and ability to focus fully on the patient during surgery versus on documentation or other interruptions."
Southcoast Health was recently recognized with the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award for superior performance in treating patients, placing it among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. (Healthgrades is a leading resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.) The health system is at the forefront of adopting technological innovations that enhance its clinical operations and improve patient care. The deployment of the BedComm solution reinforces Southcoast Health's reputation as an innovator by addressing one of the thorniest technical challenges confronting hospitals and medical centers today – medical device data integration.
"We are excited to be working with Southcoast Health," said Lance Burton, General Manager of Excel Medical. "They are known to be a gold standard healthcare system, particularly in terms of patient safety and patient care. The results they're already experiencing from implementing our BedComm technology are just the beginning of remarkable things ahead as we continue our work together."
BedComm is part of Excel's comprehensive "Next-Generation Medical Device Integration" solution, which is comprised of four components:
- Bedside Device Integration – Technology that automates the collection and documentation of patient vital signs and other bedside monitor data, reducing errors and giving clinicians access to the most accurate and timely patient data.
- Mobile Vitals Capture (MVC) – BedComm MVC improves clinical workflows and documentation, and provides clinicians timely access to patients' current vital signs. Excel's BedComm MVC combined with its CarePanel™ technology collect and integrate a hospital's vital signs monitors' data from medical surgical areas and deliver them to the EHR. This is accomplished by wirelessly transmitting the vital sign data across the hospital's existing wireless network using positive patient identification.
- Digital Cardiac Reports – Digitizes cardiac rhythm strips and alarm documentation across the clinical enterprise and integrates into the EHR. Makes reports instantly available in the EHR for clinician review, while eliminating the laborious paper drive documentation process seen in most hospitals today.
- Cardiac Monitor Access – Integrates Excel's BedMasterEx client application with the EHR giving clinicians access to patient monitoring waveforms, vital signs, and alarms with one click of a button.
About Southcoast Health System
Southcoast Health is a community-based, health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham; and Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth, a joint venture hospital with Acadia Healthcare, an international leader in psychiatric and addiction care. Southcoast Health provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, weight loss surgery, surgery, advanced, and maternity services. For more information, visit southcoast.org.
About Excel Medical
Excel Medical is an industry innovator in medical device data acquisition, storage, and clinical integration across the hospital enterprise. Its products transform clinical workflow by liberating data and making it more accessible to clinicians through untethered access and Next-Generation Medical Device Integration™ with electronic medical records (EMR). Excel's technologies have direct impact on improving patient safety and care, workflow efficiency, and decreasing institutional risk. Partnering with IBM's TJ Watson Laboratory since 2011, Excel has developed a first-of-a-kind clinical streaming analytics platform that is shaping the future of critical care medicine. Excel's products are used by more than 80% of the top medical centers and children's hospitals in the United States. The company is headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, and has customers throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. More information at: www.excel-medical.com.
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Peter Cohenno for Southcoast Health
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