Simple-to-use Telemedical Interface
supports and distributes a variety of vital-sign measurement parameters
Simple-to-use Telemedical Interface. Interconnecting patient monitoring systems, physiological measuring systems and patient information systems to inform caregivers in real time of a patient's health status, treatment and management is far from being straightforward. The major problems are the disparity of the input and output interfaces and the different protocols in use. The output of the devices at the point of care or in the surgery could be RS232, RJ45, Bluetooth or wireless, to name but a few of today's standard technologies. Disparate interfaces cause problems that may be very difficult to solve. Often, the problem is not simply a software issue, but can also be hardware related. The solution would be to combine these devices into a single standard that would then interface, for example, with a patient information system or decision support system. A single, coherent datastream would thus exit the interface and populate the receiving system. VitalLink3 provides such universal link between electronic medical sensors, information technology (IT) and communication systems. The compact unit can send real-time vital signs via very simple communication systems to a patient information system for central or remote monitoring or to allow remotely located physicians to assess the health status of a patient without delay. The system features a simple-to-use interface utilising the proprietary VitalNet technology that enables real-time distribution of VitalLink data, handles security and provides a full audit trail. As such, non-medically trained personnel can use the system after a short instruction period of approximately 60 minutes. A variety of vital-sign measurement parameters are supported, including blood pressure, pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2 and ECG (3, 6 and 12 lead). The solution enables the integration and interoperation of existing electronic monitors, including older vital-signs measurement devices, as part of wider medical IT systems and applications. In addition, because of its flexibility, the product can easily harness future new medical devices and applications. The system simply senses the communications options that are available and determines the one that is best suited to the environment and user preference.
TeleMedic Systems Ltd