At Medica 2006, Drager Medical AG & Co. KG launched a first-of-its kind system that integrates patient monitoring, therapy functions and information management. With the Infinity Acute Care SystemTM, Drager offers a completely new approach to managing and delivering care across the entire acute care continuum - from emergency care to the OR and on to critical care and neonatal care.
Listening to customer needs Working closely with a variety of experts from leading European, Asian and American hospitals, Drager Medical researched the key requirements for future clinical workstations in a process-driven hospital environment. One common objective of the clinicians was standardisation in order to reduce training time and avoid errors.
They also wanted to have information generated from the flood of real-time and historical patient data in order to make faster and more competent decisions. That meant reducing unnecessary interfaces and achieving greater data transparency, consistency and integration.
Dr Wolfgang Reim, president and CEO of Drager Medical, summarizes the daily challenges of hospital life as follows: "Today we have a patient environment that is extremely complex. There are many devices with diverse functions, user interfaces and operating philosophies, and increasing volumes of real-time and archived data. However, the devices do not speak to each other and display isolated views of data. This can lead to issues such as many of the false-positive alarms in acute care settings. Also, it makes it hard for clinicians to assess the patient's status quickly. This situation is difficult for the hospital to remedy quickly because both the organization and the technical equipment are frequently not aligned to the patient care process."
For the first time, a medical technology company is offering a cross-departmental, standardised and integrated system. Three years of development time and results from numerous strategic and technical workshops from around the world have gone into the creation of the Drager Infinity Acute Care System - together with the knowledge of disciplines such as anaesthesia, respiration therapy, and patient monitoring that the company has acquired over decades.
Standardization saves time, improves processes The Infinity Acute Care System consistently reflects harmonization. All devices that are utilized throughout the entire acute care process have the same base hardware and software architecture, user interface and nomenclature. The Infinity System is designed to integrate most key acute patient care functions based on a common technology concept: patient monitoring, ventilation, anaesthesia, IT, Web applications, and accessories. This integration provides virtually seamless data capture and access to patient data throughout the entire acute patient care process.
The hub of the Infinity System is the Medical Cockpit, a standardized control unit that enables hospital staff to access patient data, as well as monitor patients and manage therapy devices. Also, access to the hospital information system is possible from the cockpit, as is calling up diagnostic images via the integrated syngo functionality from Drager Medical's joint venture partner, Siemens Medical Solutions.
In addition to clinical advantages, the Infinity System offers greater investment protection. Thanks to its scalable and modular structure, it can be implemented and extended as required. The components can be used throughout the hospital and support maximum device utilization. Infinity grows with the hospital's infrastructure needs "from a single bed or application, to a departmental solution, on to a hospital-wide solution. With our new Infinity System, we have significantly simplified the technical environment around the patient and put the patient back in the center," says Dr Wolfgang Reim.
Infinity integrates diverse data sources and generates information from that data that can enable better, faster decisions and therefore increase patient safety. Because the system is designed with plug-and-play components, processes such as in-hospital transport are greatly simplified. When coupled with relevant changes in clinical processes, this system should enable our customers to significantly increase efficiency in many areas. At the end of the day, this benefits the patient. The new Infinity System supports a paradigm shift, leaving behind existing ways of thinking and working.
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