HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medical Informatics Corp (MIC), a Houston-based health care software and analytics company, today announced the launch of First Byte, a modular systems-based alarm management solution.
“With the Joint Commission NPSG 2016 deadline for Alarm Management accreditations looming, The First Byte is a 3-part turnkey solution designed to streamline the compliance process followed by a report that delivers unit specific recommendations for mitigating alarm problems, savings of time and money for alarm management steering committees, and allowing hospitals to achieve the NPSG 2016 compliance,” says Emma Fauss, CEO, Medical Informatics Corp. “Instead of struggling to identify the most important alarm signals to be managed and identifying root causes of alarm problems, the First Byte allows alarm management committees to focus on establishing policies and procedures for managing alarms, the patient population and institutional risk profile, and identifying the most important signals to be merged.”
Step 1 includes an assessment of the hospital's alarm ecosystem, evaluating clinical-staff workflow, organization protocol and processes, equipment/unit layout, and alarm-behavior trends.
The First Byte data collection server is installed in Step 2 within a hospital’s secure network for 60-days, passively and continuously capturing comprehensive monitor alarm data, providing the MIC team of alarm management experts with detailed information to provide an accurate representation of the alarm situation across both staff and patients.
Step 3 is The Baseline Analysis Report that serves as the Alarm Management Committee’s objective field guide for improving their practices. The report identifies the most important signals and nuisance alarms to be managed. It also provides specific targeted recommendations for improving alarm management for an individual unit based on the patient population and institutional risk profile.
The First Byte provides the alarm management committee with targeted-solutions and decision-driving-data, allowing stakeholders to demonstrate quick wins, address the 2016 NPSGs, and build internal support for ongoing sustainable alarm management. Evidenced-based data and recommendations from the First Byte determine:
- Clinically appropriate settings for alarm signals
- When alarm signals can be disabled
- When alarm parameters can be changed
- Who should have the authority to set or change alarm parameters
- When alarm limits are changed1
- Responses to alarm signals, and
- Accurate settings, proper operations, and detectability of individual alarm signals.
Founded in 2009, Medical Informatics Corp. is headquartered in Houston’s Texas Medical Center where the MIC team works collaboratively with clinicians, alarm management committees, and hospital administrators to implement a variety of analytics solutions and alarm management products that transfer patient data into actionable information. http://www.medicalinformaticscorp.com . https://www.linkedin.com/company/2843840 . https://twitter.com/MedicalInfoCorp
1 Determining the exact changes in alarm limits is dependent on model and type of bedside monitor device.