Recently, a group of researchers from Rice University developed a novel neonatal temperature monitoring system for use in low-resource settings. To test and validate their new system, they brought it to a hospital in Malawi, working in collaboration with the University of Malawi, and used MediCollector BEDSIDE to compare data from their device to a standard Philips patient monitor. Learn more about this interesting work in their publication in BMJ Pediatrics Open.
Sosa Saenz, Sonia E et al. “Evaluation of a continuous neonatal temperature monitor for low-resource settings: a device feasibility pilot study.” BMJ paediatrics open vol. 4,1 e000655. 7 May. 2020, doi:10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000655
MediCollector and Boston Children Hospital Receive Funding from NIH to Develop Next-Generation Hospital Information System
A typical hospital bedside is cluttered with medical devices which continuously generate huge amounts of data. However, most of that data is never recorded or transmitted. This lack of integration leads to roadblocks for medical researchers and can lead to clinical workflow inefficiencies, often requiring nurses to manually enter data into electronics medical records systems. With the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in healthcare, there is also a growing need to access this trove of medical data.
MediCollector and Boston Children's Hospital have received funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in order to develop a next generation Medical Device Data System (MDDS) which will capture and record this data and make it easily accessible through a simplified interface. The new system will utilize the latest HL7 FHIR protocol which is rapidly becoming the globally accepted standard for transmitting data in healthcare. This will allow external systems, such as smartphone apps and AI algorithms, to easily access live data from patients in the hospital.
The NIBIB, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to MediCollector to launch this project. MediCollector will be collaborating with Boston Children’s Hospital to develop and test this ground-breaking new hospital information system.
“With this funding from NIBIB, MediCollector will be able to expand upon its previous work in medical device integration. The new system will allow data to be acquired from numerous medical devices simultaneously and make the data easily accessible to external systems.” states John Osborne, founder of MediCollector. “Previously, researchers and AI developers struggled to get access to live data from the hospital bedside. Our new system will utilize the HL7 FHIR standard to make it easy to capture and stream this data.”
For more information, please see the NIH’s public project summary page:
Research reported in this article was supported by the National Institute Of Biomedical Imaging And Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43EB030890 . The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
MediCollector software is distributed using a single-file installer. This means you download one file and double-click on it, and then follow the instructions to install our software. But this requires a person to click on many buttons to install the software. For our customers who are embedding MediCollector into their own systems, it may be useful to automate this process, or even install the software "silently" (with no windows popping up).
If you are an advanced user and wish to automate or silently install MediCollector software, please click "Read More" below.
MediCollector is now available on the NI Tools Network, a library of software tools and applications that are certified by National Instruments, the creators of LabVIEW.
Getting listed on the NI Tools Network is like a stamp of quality from such a trusted company as NI. Each piece of software on the NI Tools Network is thoroughly tested and certified by NI, and we are proud to be a part of their network.
Hello medicollectors! In today's post, I provide some useful tips for running MediCollector for long periods of times... like for weeks, months or years. Some of these tips utilize little known features of MediCollector which are ideal for long-term sessions. To view these tips, please click the READ MORE link below.
Do you need to get data from a patient monitor into your EMR? This is part of a challenge known as Medical Device Integration (MDI) in hospitals.
Using HL7, MediCollector can now be your MDI solution by functioning as a "middleware" to transfer data from medical devices into hospital information systems (HIS) such as electronic medical records systems (EMR / EHR).
Wow, that's a lot of buzzwords! If you're looking to get data from your patient monitors into your EMR, MediCollector can now do this using HL7.
If you need help with MDI, please see our MDI solutions, or contact us.
MediCollector would like to congratulate the diverse team conducting the clinical study published recently in Pediatric Research titled "Pre-Vent: The Prematurity-Related Ventilatory Control Study". This large multi-site team is using MediCollector to gather data for their research in premature infants. Their publication can be accessed through the citation below.
Dennery PA, Di Fiore JM, Ambalavanan N, et al. Pre-Vent: the prematurity-related ventilatory control study. Pediatr Res. 2019;85(6):769–776. doi:10.1038/s41390-019-0317-8
Many of our customers have been asking us if MediCollector can communicate with GE Marquette Dash or Solar or Unity patient monitors. As of v1.1.11, all of our products can now communicate with this series of patient monitors. The only drawback is that these devices can only export numerics at a speed of 1 datapoint every 2 seconds (0.5 Hz). This means you can record/stream signals like HR and RR and SpO2 and NIBP, but you can't access waveforms like ECG and RESP. This is due to the bandwidth limitations of the device.
To see exactly which devices are compatible with MediCollector, see our list of supported devices.
This product is designed for customers who want to continuously stream and/or record medical device data in the background. By using MediCollector SERVICE, you don't need to worry about the complex communication protocols and cabling requirements for each individual device. Simply embed MediCollector into your system, and let it run invisibly in the background. It runs as a Windows Service, so it will launch when the computer starts up, run continuously, and automatically recover from errors for uninterrupted data streaming.
This command line interface is designed for software developers who want to quickly and easily query/poll a medical device for live data. Data is immediately outputted to a simple text file. It can be scripted or automated to run frequently (every 10 minutes?) to create a simple database of live data over time.
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