The Enterprise Approach
Ever since medicine went digital, most hospitals have purchased medical devices and device management applications as point solutions. There has been no overarching strategy to incorporate these disparate systems into a comprehensive, patient-centric approach. The Bernoulli Enterprise platform was developed by clinicians – – to solve this issue. This vendor-neutral, integrated platform, along with our innovative products, gives health systems superior flexibility to manage and prioritize real-time medical device data and clinical surveillance across all levels of patient acuity, from the most complex settings of the ICU through acute care settings and the home. Having a single, end-to-end platform also simplifies medical device and alarm management versus working across dozens of individual systems. The result is improved workflows, less noise (actual and figurative) and better, more-informed decisions about patient care. Not to mention a single vendor to contact when help is required.
Medical Device Integration
Automating the transfer of data from medical devices to the electronic medical records (EMR) is helpful for reducing labor costs and achieving Meaningful Use goals. But making that data available in real-time for patient care brings far greater value. The vendor-neutral Bernoulli Enterprise platform allows hospitals and health systems to capture real-time data from any medical device, analyze and understand it, and distribute it securely to clinicians on the device of their choice over wired and wireless networks to ensure valuable information is always available within their workflow. No additional intermediary software is required. And with its FDA Class II clearance, that same data can be used for active patient monitoring and alarm management – unlike other technologies that simply pass data through.
As medical devices proliferate at the bedside, so does the possibility of alarm fatigue. Multiple devices, including wireless sensors, triggering multiple, non-urgent warnings can lead to clinicians ignoring alarms or even shutting them off. The Joint Commission has made improving alarm management a priority in its 2016 patient safety goals, and reducing noise through more effective alarm management can help improve Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHCPS) scores.
The Bernoulli® Enterprise platform enables hospitals to consolidate, manage and distribute alarms from all patient monitoring systems and medical devices from a single platform. The application enables the delivery of the right alarms to the right clinicians at the right times. It also enables hospitals to standardize alarm management and reporting to drive continuous improvements in alarm management strategies. In aggregate, best practice approaches to alarm management provide greater patient safety, more efficient use of clinical resources, quieter care areas.
In the ICU, where a rapid change in a patient’s condition could mean the difference between life and death, every second counts. In today’s healthcare reality it can be difficult for hospitals to deliver comprehensive 24/7/365 intensivist coverage. Bernoulli Virtual ICU solves that issue, enabling critical care physicians to remotely manage acutely ill patients by providing a full range of physiologic parameter data and waveforms derived from medical data at the bedside (monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, intra-aortic balloon pumps) across multiple hospitals in different locations. The highly scalable solution supplements internal ICU capabilities as-needed while providing redundancy to reduce risk in high-acuity areas.
Tight budgets combined with looming nursing shortages across the country mean nurses must spend their time wisely. Yet it can be difficult for nurses to quickly determine which patients require more (or more immediate) attention when they do not have a single view of the status of all their patients. Bernoulli Enterprise connects patients to clinicians by moving vital patient information to centralized surveillance dashboards and mobile devices, making it easier to see where and immediate intervention is needed so resources are used more efficiently and effectively.
Meaningful Use has resulted in hospitals capturing much greater amounts of clinical data than ever before. Bernoulli’s open platform is able to support best practice analytics from an individual customer or third party. It can also synthesize data from multiple medical devices to generate predictive, actionable alerts that allow clinicians to create interventions ahead of problems. Support for a growing portfolio of custom-developed or third-party algorithms further helps inform decisions and standardize care to drive consistently better outcomes while minimizing risk.