New products: ASE, DeJarnette, Philips, Siemens
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) announced plans to launch a Web-based product called ASE Echo ToolBox, built to enhance lab quality and facilitate the accreditation process. “As Medicare and the nation’s insurers continue to stress improving the documentation of quality, the ASE Echo ToolBox will give the cardiovascular ultrasound community the ability to organize and document a lab’s quality assurances practices,” said Andrew Keller, MD, chair of Information Technology, ASE. “Labs will have one place to store and organize the data that are required for accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, making the process less complicated while significantly improving lab quality.”  

The ASE Echo ToolBox offers a “wizard” to walk labs through the QA process and identify gaps, and is designed to improve a lab’s ability to meet Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), and then submit applications directly to ICAEL. For more:

DeJarnette has released version 3.0 of its dyseCT CT workflow engine. Starting with this release, dyseCT will ship on a Windows XP platform that makes use of a light-weight Oracle 10g database. Other features include the ability to break-up thoracic spine, lumbar spine and reformatted studies, as well as improvements in the basic pattern recognition software. Customers will be contacted to arrange software upgrades, the company said.

Royal Philips Electronics introduced its Philips ProtocolWatch, an application available on Philips IntelliVue patient monitors that applies patient monitoring data to evidence-based care protocols. This new clinical decision support application, as well as the newly released IntelliVue MP5 patient monitor for in-hospital patient transport, are being showcased at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 36th Critical Care Conference, February 17-21 in Orlando.

A new development in clinical decision support at the bedside, ProtocolWatch is designed to deliver customer-specific care protocols on the patient monitor screen. ProtocolWatch responsively uses monitoring measurements to offer relevant screening and treatment information from evidence-based care guidelines. ProtocolWatch streamlines the process of checking a patient’s monitoring data against evidence-based care guidelines. It allows hospitals to use their IntelliVue patient monitors to implement care protocols, helping to elevate the standard of care and improve compliance with regulatory mandates.

In its initial release, ProtocolWatch brings the care guidelines developed by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) to the Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring platform. The SSC protocol defines the physiological parameters that indicate the onset of severe sepsis. Since ProtocolWatch is built into the patient monitor, it can use the patient’s vital signs to help clinicians screen for this deadly condition. Severe sepsis is a condition in which the body’s immune response to an infection spirals out of control, leading to organ dysfunction and death.

Once one of the parameters that acts as an early warning sign for sepsis reaches the limits defined by the SSC protocol, a ProtocolWatch window appears on the monitor screen. This window prompts clinicians to check for other clinical signs of severe sepsis. If these signs are not present, ProtocolWatch resumes screening in the background, Philips said.

If a clinician diagnoses a patient with severe sepsis, ProtocolWatch launches the Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle, displaying a checklist of interventions recommended by the SSC Sepsis Protocol. Since timing is critical when treating sepsis, ProtocolWatch also displays a timer. Once the Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle has ended, ProtocolWatch provides recommendations from the SSC Sepsis Management Bundle.

The newly released Philips IntelliVue MP5 provides a suite of clinical decision support tools common to IntelliVue monitors and makes them available in transport and telemetry settings. These include a variety of screen trends that visually present the story of a patient’s monitoring data over time.

Siemens Medical Solutions announced the general availability of INVISION MedsConnect, a clinical data content subscription service that provides clinicians with access to up to 12 months of patients’ prescription histories upon admission to an inpatient acute care facility or during emergency room registration. INVISION MedsConnect supports the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) National Patient Safety Goal for medication reconciliation while helping to streamline clinical efficiencies and improve patient safety throughout the enterprise. INVISION MedsConnect provides clinicians with a window into a patient’s home prescription history and a starting point to obtain a complete medication history, Siemens said.