We develop our understanding of the world and each other by finding connections between things. Healthcare is like exploring space. A galaxy of data is generated as medical practitioners take care of patients. Although most diagnosis and treatment procedures are complicated by nature, accuracy remains a fundamental requirement for medical practitioners, especially in the ICU. Misjudgments caused by negligence may result in patients being given the wrong treatment, ending their lives. Practicing medicine is unequivocally challenging.
Years of profiling the time and effort involved in diagnosis and treatment workflows convinced us that digitization could bring far more benefits than just creating a paperless workflow. M-connect is an integrated patient monitoring system that organizes data and makes calculations to present pathological signs in an intuitive, intelligent way. It documents clinical information clearly and examines pathological changes, like a space telescope collecting data to help astronauts delve into the mysteries of outer space. M-connect integrates bedside data management, clinical diagnosis and treatment support, inter-departmental operations, and medical facility information management all in one system.
Planets orbit around stars and star systems are like isles in the sea of space. Each patient in the ICU is hooked up to multiple life support equipment, including ventilators, infusion pumps, and CRRTs. These machines generate a sea of bedside data, among which the critical signals for patient safety are concealed.
"When it comes to patient deterioration, we need to check the monitoring data of each bedside device of the last few hours, even last few days. It might cause us to miss the best opportunity for treatment."
Director of ICU, First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University's School of Medicine
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University's School of Medicine admitted a total of 105 confirmed patients, 80% of whom were severely or critically ill. Many of these patients were older people with underlying health conditions who needed care around the clock. Medical practitioners were overwhelmed. To ensure patient safety, we urgently need efficient data management systems to relieve clinical pressure.
We help hospitals break down information silos by integrating all of the bedside monitors for a patient into a single real-time visual information platform, just like it's easier to identify stars and get our bearings after connecting dots in the sky to make constellations. Simultaneously, it boosts efficiency by saving medical staff from continually checking monitoring devices one after another, bed by bed. Data errors and omissions are also significantly reduced, which ensures safety. BeneLink middleware allows us to integrate multiple monitoring devices into one display unit. For operators, it just takes a single connection. Processed by advanced algorithms, the complex, disordered clinical data will be presented to medical practitioners comprehensively and intuitively, with smart graphical displays supplemented by clinical scores. Historical data, real-time pathological signs, and trend forecasts are all integrated into one screen to enable medical practitioners to see the big picture.
The smart tools give each patient a clinical expert and a data analyst. They also enable medical practitioners to access the monitoring data for the past ten days efficiently, review warning events, locate abnormal data, and thus have more time to treat the patient.
We make sense of the world, starting with familiar and moving on to what is remote. The bedside data management system is just our starting point for exploring further afield. If we want to incorporate safety into more medical scenarios and explore medical information connectivity, there is a long way to go.
So far, we have delivered inter-departmental connectivity and interoperability of monitoring data. As a scalable monitoring information platform, RZL integrates bedside monitors and connects to medical information systems, including HIS, CIS, EMR, PACS, and even more. With BeneView, medical practitioners can view and track real-time patient data in their offices, central/mobile monitoring stations, or smartphones.
M-connect brought pleasant surprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strict infection prevention and isolation measures made inter-departmental collaborations extremely difficult. Partitions and repeated disinfection separated neighboring departments that used to work together closely and delayed simple workflows. The uncertainty of the new virus also added unknown difficulties to diagnosis and treatment.
But that's where M-connect had a role to play. The system integrates multiple monitoring terminals, allowing medical practitioners to access real-time monitoring data and work out the best treatment for the patient without trekking through quarantine wards. Moreover, medical practitioners in the quarantine area could turn to experts outside for help. There is no need for experts to take a single step.
More importantly, with M-connect, pre-hospital care information is no longer isolated from hospital information. During pre-hospital care, whether in an ambulance or a helicopter, the patient's electrocardiogram, blood pressure, blood oxygen, breathing rates, and other parameters can be documented in real-time synchronized with the target hospital.
To further save time, we applied a modular design concept to the mobile monitor – it functions both as a stand-alone networked portable monitor and an expansion module of the hospital monitor. It's like a USB. Plug it into the hospital monitor, and the data collected will be instantly synchronized for seamless data connection across the various stages.
From pre-hospital care, emergency treatment, operating room, ICU, to general ward, the M-connect solution for ER ensures no interruption in monitoring data, providing medical practitioners with complete, uninterrupted data to support quick, accurate diagnosis.
Like developments in space exploration, we will continue to enrich M-connect to provide greater medicine possibilities in the future. We will soon launch a new range for interdepartmental diagnosis, treatment, and management: connecting the examination system and infusion system to allow real-time IVD reports to reflect medication results and achieve precision dosing, connecting the image library to the monitoring data platform to achieve fusion diagnosis, for example. We believe in connectivity. And as pioneers, we will continue to explore possible connections with the unknown.