MedGizmo: Healthcare Telecommunications Update
With rapid development of Healthcare IT telecommunications become essential – there is an abundance of various solutions in the market that provide reliable and secure services. In this post we deliver latest updates of November 2015, as well as some already established suggestions.
The subject of Healthcare Telecommunications is a relatively new in the market, as compared to traditional telecoms, so there are not so many sources to explore. We recommend one of the good sources for theory: Journal of Communication in Healthcare. Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health, that is published by Maney On Line Publishing Platform
There is a good definition of essential features for Healthcare Communications system, that is defined by Corepoint Health in their document: Before You Build a Healthcare Communication Subsystem…
Initial Questions for Healthcare Vendors to Consider
... Aside from enabling systems to communicate with one another, there are other key features your customer will expect in addition to simple two-way messaging:
- Monitoring & Alerting: Inevitably, at some point connectivity may be interrupted for any number of reasons. Competitive interfacing solutions will need to be able to identify an error source, and more importantly, alert key personnel of the issue so it may be resolved proactively.
- Scalability: The number of connections to an interface required by your customers will grow over time. With more healthcare providers demanding electronic exchanges of patient data and the growing EMR adoption, a competitive interface engine should be able to grow with the demands of the market.
- Compatibility with Different Data Formats: In addition to HL7, your interface engine should be able to handle other clinical standards including the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), Continuity of Care (CCR), and XML. EMRs are growing as a key driver in healthcare interfaces, so addressing the various clinical formats is critical to meeting an application and provider’s interfacing requirements.
- Testing & Maintenance Ability: The ability to match and then test messages against a particular HL7 version, including any customer modifications, is essential. It is equally important to be able to provide documentation of any interfaces built and deployed in order to manage the cost of support for each installation
Thus, let us have a look. First, there are several systems that are in the market:
Ascom Myco™ By ASCOM
Designed for you in every detail
Would you like to have a reliable companion who always provides you with what you need when you need it? Ascom Myco is built for the on-the-job reality and the methods of working of nurses and clinicians, as well as the demanding environment of healthcare. It provides reliable communication, access to information at the point of care, and is robust and durable. Every detail is carefully designed to help make every shift more pleasant, efficient, and rewarding. And guess what, we think that your IT department will love it as well.
RADAR healthcare communication platform
RADAR’s mission is to provide high-quality healthcare communications in support of better clinical outcomes. Whether that communication fosters patient peace of mind or clinical collaboration and decision-making, RADAR is the platform for fast, accurate, reliable results. One of the earliest solutions to the risk and productivity issues involved in clinical communication, RADAR is used in hospitals, physicians’ offices, specialty care practices, labs, and many other healthcare settings.
RADAR is a real-world solution, developed by a radiologist, that makes it easy for you to adapt to changing healthcare requirements.
The Overview can be downloaded HERE
NetRelay - HIPAA-compliant healthcare communications platform
Provides Secure Text Messaging, Improved Message Delivery and Tracking, and Positive Confirmation of Critical Lab Values
NetRelay enables more effective healthcare communications by taking information from any HCIS and turning it into a message that can be sent to mobile devices, NetRelay Messaging Consoles and/or through our NetDelivery hospital data exchange to email, fax, etc.
NetRelay’s main features include:
- Secure, HIPAA-compliant text messaging
- Automated, easy, out-of-the box integration with any HCIS
- True acknowledgment of critical lab values
- Automated reporting for CAP and The Joint Commission
- NetRelay Messaging Consoles – Integrate with and receive automated messages from the HCIS
- Customizable message templates
- Escalation of messages identified as important, particularly critical values
- Periodic alerts sent directly to mobile devices and Consoles
- Message filtering determines which messages are important based on rules applied, reducing alert fatigue
PR Announcement of the system’s commencement is HERE:
Interbit Data Introduces NetRelay -- A Healthcare Communications Platform Providing Secure Text and More
Complete description of the system can be downloaded HERE
The CommonPath™ Nurse Call Solution and Critical Alert Secure Texting (CAST) and paging app
The CAST system enables two-way, encrypted, HIPAA-compliant communications between Web-enabled iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, as well as computers running Windows 7 or 8. CAST can operate as a fully functional stand-alone system or in conjunction with existing operator consoles, messaging software, or paging systems.
Critical Alert Announces New Smartphone Application for Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Paging
DaVincian’s eHealthyFamily online and mobile HIPAA secure access portal
eHealthyFamily is an online and mobile access portal that allows patients, clinicians and concerned family members to seamlessly communicate via text, voice, or teleconference. For example, those with elderly parents are often unable to accompany their loved ones because of geographic separation. Participating with their elderly parents during doctor visits via teleconferencing gives family members a sense of awareness and control that was previously not possible. Hearing first-hand the doctor’s questions, their elderly parent’s responses, and the doctor’s answers and instructions, dramatically enhances the family member’s ability to support the healthcare needs of their elderly parents, in addition to improving the family’s peace of mind.
DaVincian’s HIPAA secure messenger app allows users to communicate with their physicians in HD teleconference video chat. HealthConnect connects via the same telemedicine platform used by NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. HealthConnect eases coordination of care for consults, sharing patient information or orders with either text or video.
DaVincian HealthConnect is available for download on both Android and iOS.
HealthConnect enables health care professionals protect PHI and ensure organizations maintain HIPAA compliance, improving patient care workflows, supporting hospital readmissions reduction programs.
• Coordinate with doctors/nurses/caregivers 24/7 and get a response in seconds
• No extra hardware needed – works automatically with your phone
• Beautiful and easy to use interfaces
• HIPAA-compliant and secure to protect your PHI
Latest PR Announcement
DaVincian Healthcare announces strategic partnerships to further social mission of bringing affordable, quality healthcare to underserved populations
DaVincian's mission to improve lives using mobile technology will be further advanced through these new partnerships:
- HelloDoctor24x7 – DaVincian is collaborating with HelloDoctor24x7 – India, a provider of telemedicine solutions that allow patients to manage their electronic health records, to establish 4,000 healthcare kiosks.
- VSee – The world's largest video telemedicine platform, VSee is DaVincian's mobile communications partner. VSee provided the telemedicine platform used by NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Similarly, the technology will allow DaVincian customers to link to the company's artificial intelligence-enabled platform, while providing a secure, encrypted and HIPAA compliant platform for all mobile communication services through low bandwidth networks worldwide.
- Beyond Limits – DaVincian's exclusive collaboration with Beyond Limits, a world leader in advanced Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), Artificial Intelligence Agents (AIA) and complex search analytic technologies, has enabled the company to integrate an intelligent data switch with AGI capabilities into DaVincian's and their partners' products, enhancing outcomes, quantifying performance and reducing costs through advanced analytics and informatics.
We are building a movement of providers across the country who are transforming how healthcare is delivered by working together to put patients at the center of their care.
Every year, a patient visits an average of seven providers across four facilities. These providers rarely have the ability to coordinate beyond their own facilities, and often don’t know where else their patients are receiving care. As a result, providers cannot share critical medical information, patient safety is compromised, and transitions from hospital to home are disjointed and drawn out.
Our real-time Pings allow providers to easily communicate across facilities ensuring that all care revolves around the patient.
PatientPing has raised $9.6 million to grow data sharing network
By Stephanie Baum Nov 16, 2015
… Providers receive “Pings,” real-time notifications, whenever their patients receive care at any facility that is a part of the national PatientPing network. At the facility where patients are getting care, providers receive guidelines that include contact information for others on the patient’s care team, helpful instructions from the care team, and patient visit histories. The idea is that by sharing this information when it is needed, providers will seamlessly coordinate their patient’s care.
So far the Boston-based company’s network includes facilities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut s well as Massachusetts, where it has seven of the eight largest health systems. It expects to make more announcements of additional partners in the coming weeks.
Boston’s PatientPing gets $10 million from Google and Fidelity
PatientPing Inc., a Boston-based startup that pings providers when their patients get medical care, has raised $9.6 million in a venture round led by Google Ventures and Fidelity Investments.
Whenever a patient gets treatment from PatientPing’s network of 11,000 providers, other places those patients receive treatment get a real-time notification. PatientPing said it helps caregivers – doctors, nurses, care coordinators, and other medical personnel – coordinate care across clinics, hospitals, and health systems.
PatientPing has been enlarging its network for around two years and said the number of “pings” it sends is growing 42 percent every month.
Fidelity Investments’s venture arm is known as F-Prime Capital. Other investors in the round included First Round Capital and SV Angel, PatientPing said.
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