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FDA OKs Ascom Digistat Medical Device Integration Software for US

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Ascom’s Digistat medical device integration software in the U.S. market.

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By Fred Donovan

- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Ascom’s Digistat medical device integration software in the U.S. market, Swiss-based Ascom announced Feb. 20.

The Digistat medical device integration software suite includes Digistat Connect, Digistat Smart Central, and Digistat Smart Central Mobile.

The Digistat Connect software collects clinical data, alarms, and events from medical devices such as patient monitors, ventilators, and infusion pumps and creates a data stream that feeds a single source of clinical patient data to the EHR and hospital information systems. It has a modular architecture that is interoperable with a range of medical devices and a device log for alarms and user actions.

Digistat Connect works with Ascom’s Telligence patient response system, enabling semiautomatic collection and recording of vital signs at the bedside. When the nurse receives a notification to take vital signs, which are automatically collected using Telligence MDI modules, he or she can validate the vitals at the Telligence TelliConnect station in the room before the data is stored in the EHR.

“The Digistat suite expands the Ascom Healthcare Platform into critical care areas, further closes the information gap between patient medical devices and back-end hospital IT systems, and supports improvement of nursing workflows to better manage alarms and warnings from connected medical devices,” said Ascom North America President Rob Goldman.

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Telligence is a modular patient response system that elevates nurse call for improved patient-centric care. With Telligence, caregivers can access relevant information at the point of care and throughout the care process.

Built on the Ascom Healthcare Platform, which collects information from patients, medical devices, healthcare applications, and other systems, Telligence integrates with hospital’s current devices and applications and can be expanded to meet future requirements.

Ascom said that each Telligence module provides a number of patient response improvements:

  • Use of the existing nurse call infrastructure, while adding communication and documentation tools
  • Charting via the TelliConnect station for quick access to the EHR and other relevant data from applications, patient devices, monitors, and systems
  • Use of SafeConnect magnetic plugs that connect auxiliary devices to the Telligence system so flexible cables stay out of the way and magnetic connectors release easily
  • In-room presence automatic capture
  • Nurse rounding recognition

Digistat Smart Central is a device status dashboard that acquires data via Digistat Connect from infusion pumps, patient monitors, and ventilators and displays them in a user interface on multiple workstations, wall-mounted hall displays, and in central nursing stations to provide an overview of all devices.

Designed to highlight alarms and warnings occurring on any connected medical device, Digistat Smart Central presents the status of all medical devices connected to patients in a unit on a single screen. Analytics are also available, enabling physicians and nursing managers to review patient event histories and analyze statistics of the alarm management workflows.

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Digistat Smart Central Mobile is an optional extension that mobilizes the platform’s features and delivers them directly to clinician mobile devices. Patient information is presented both visually and acoustically, as an aid to alarm event management. The My Patient function enables configuration for each mobile device to display only selected patient beds.

Ascom also announced this week the release of its Ascom Myco 3, an Android-based smartphone purpose-built for healthcare. The Ascom Myco 3 works with the Ascom Healthcare Platform to bridge communication gaps between patient, nurse, and care team.

The Ascom Myco 3 is the most recent addition to Ascom’s My Companion series of professional smart devices. It is designed specifically for the clinician, delivering patient information and team communication to the clinician’s hand while enabling coordinated and streamlined care delivery.

The Ascom Myco 3 can run leading mobile EHR apps and has a hot swappable battery that can be switched out without powering down or entering a sleep mode. Apps continue to communicate and function as normal while the battery is replaced.

Mission Hospital, part of Providence St. Joseph Health Hospital System in California, has deployed Mycos smartphones at its facilities. This has enabled the hospital to deliver patient information to the clinician's hand, including nurse call, alert, and alarm notification management, secure messaging, team staffing assignments, woundcare and newborn photo capture, team collaboration, and patient monitor viewing.

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“Based on the success of that implementation, we plan to roll out the next-generation Ascom Myco 3 later this year and are particularly excited by how it will support our new initiatives going forward such as data collection from infusion and IV pumps, barcode scanning for bedside medication verification and real-time location services,” related Providence St. Joseph Health IS Strategic Partner/Director Kristen Robb.

Finally, Ascom announced this week the release of its next-generation Unite Platform Server, offering improved architecture and scalability to deploy and run the complete suite of Unite software.

The virtualized Unite Platform Server is designed to simplify deployments in larger enterprise healthcare environments that run Unite clinical orchestration software.

The Unite Platform Serve enables installation in a central data center to serve multiple sites on a consolidated, Windows-based platform. The server offers load-balanced deployment for greater reliability and serviceability and improved support for network segmentation and routing and fail-over load balancing.

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