It seems technology is advancing the lives of hospital physicians, allowing them to approach patient care more effectively and efficiently, while maximizing the capabilities of nurses.
“A Florida hospital has developed a system for wireless real-time monitoring and reprogramming of cardiac devices, including pacemakers and defibrillators, using an iPad. A doctor can suggest changes to a cardiac device’s settings, then relay the information for a nurse in the hospital to execute using a touch screen laptop,” as reported in “MobiHealthNews,” a publication that chronicles mobile technology trends within the healthcare sector.
The system, developed by E. Martin Kloosterman, MD, Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Chief of the Cardiology Department at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, enables hospital physicians to lay out instructions for nurses to follow, allowing them to adjust their patients’ cardiac device’s settings. This saves the physician time, and ultimately, the hospital money.
“The project came to mind several years ago,” said Dr. Kloosterman, in a press release. “First, the evolution of the electronic medical records disseminated computer terminals with internet connections in the medical work space allowing clinicians ready access to patient information.
“Then recently, the iPad emerged providing the ability to be online in seconds anytime, anywhere, allowing remote access to computer information. The combination of these two new innovations led me to the creation of the new technology: the remote-K-viewer. I designed and constructed a dedicated cart that hosts the programmer connected to a touch screen laptop with a wireless internet connection and a printer. The remote-K-viewer cart is mobile and designed to be used by nurses or non-specialized physicians with minimal training.”
‘Data already has been successfully reviewed internationally as well as during airplane flights,” according to “MobiHealthNews.”
This system will undoubtedly enhance the lives of hospital physicians as well as outsourced physicians who are placed in various hospitals; it will encourage medical staff to work together and create more of a team-orientated environment.
“We are excited [about] the possibilities that this application has to offer in regards to the development of a new generation of programmers and service models in the near future,” as stated by Dr. Kloosterman (in a press release).