You've made it loud and clear to us over the years: shipping our software licenses on USB dongles is not convenient for many reasons:
For these and many other reasons, MediCollector is in the process of migrating to a new licensing model with these changes:
Please note: If you have a dongle, you don't need to do anything. It will continue to function indefinitely. And our software will continue to recognize dongles indefinitely. These changes will only apply to new licenses and won't take effect until later this year.
As you may know, when you are recording data with MediCollector BEDSIDE you can add annotations to mark events in your data. For example, you might want to mark when a patient is being given medication or when a procedure is being performed. This can be done by clicking on the ADD ANNOTATION button and typing the annotation into the window below.
But what if you want to add lots of annotations without having to type them out every time? With the release of MediCollector BEDSIDE v1.1.36, you can now configure a collection of buttons associated with your own custom annotation text. So you can quickly generate annotations at the click of a button, as seen below.
For more info, download the latest version of MediCollector today!
With the release of v1.1.35, we can now confirm that all MediCollector products fully support Windows 11.
We've tested it, and it works great.
MediCollector is constantly monitoring and testing it's interfaces to our supported medical devices. Sometimes manufacturer's will release a new version of their interface which requires a change to our software. And other times we find a hidden bug in our code, or add a new device driver or some other useful new functionality. When this happens, will we release a software update through our website. Our updates are not regularly scheduled. If we discover a critical issue, we'll release an update right away. If we only make minor improvements, we'll delay the update. As a customer, its a good idea to know when these updates are released.
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This post is specifically for our customers who are connecting to a Philips Intellivue patient monitor and have discovered that their patient monitors do not have the required hardware. Click READ MORE below.
Do you need data from a Draeger patient monitor? MediCollector now supports integration with the Draeger Infinity Series of patient monitors, including the Draeger Infinity Delta, Kappa, Gamma, Vista and IACS models.
Data can be acquired, recorded and streamed to external applications for all your medical data-acquisition and integration needs.
For more details about specific model numbers and required cabling, please see our list of Support Devices.
Many people use the MediCollector BEDSIDE or MediCollector SERVICE products to record or stream data for long periods of time. Sometimes days or even weeks at a time. This often requires that you leave the computer unattended for extended periods of time. When doing so, it can be helpful to know when something goes wrong with your recording while you are away. For example, sometimes cables can be unplugged or other unexpected events can happen. To meet this need, you can use MediCollector's built-in functionality for Email Notifications.
To enable Email Notifications in the BEDSIDE or SERVICE versions of our products, do this:
Now you will get an email if something goes wrong while you are away!
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
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to MediCollector and Dr. Benjamin Matthews, Division of Medical Critical Care, Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, in order to develop a ground-breaking new 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 will be collaborating with Dr Benjamin Matthews of Boston Children’s Hospital to develop and test a ground-breaking new Medical Device Data System (MDDS) which will capture and record this trove of 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.
“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.
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