- Can I get an email if an error occurs while I'm away?
Yes. Use the email alerts function that is built-in to MediCollector. Just go to EDIT>PREFERENCES and enable email alerts. MediCollector will then email you when an error occurs, e.g. if someone turns off or unplugs your patient monitor!
- Can MediCollector recover from errors and keep recording?
Yes. Just enable the fault tolerance function in EDIT>PREFERENCES. If you enable this, MediCollector will detect errors, e.g. if your connected medical device is unplugged, and then wait for 1 minute before attempting to reconnect and resume recording/streaming data. It will continually do this until the it successfully resumes. You will just see a gap in the data (filled with NaNs) while the data stream was interrupted.
NOTE: This is enabled by default in the MediCollector SERVICE product, but not by default in MediCollector BEDSIDE.
- How to prevent files from getting too big?
When you launch your recording, just enable file splitting by selecting "New file every day (at midnight)". By doing this, MediCollector will generate one .medi file per day. The filename will contain the datetime for the recording. NOTE: This is enabled by default in the MediCollector SERVICE product, but not by default in MediCollector BEDSIDE.
- How do I manage lots of .medi files?
Even with one file per day, its still a lot of data to manage. Here's a couple tips for managing your files:
- Prevent your disk space from getting consumed by automatically moving your .medi files to a network shared disk. This can be done with a batch file that runs every day (sometime after midnight) using the Windows Task Scheduler.
- Skip the "data export" step by accessing data in your .medi files directly. Click the link for example code.
- What happens if my computer loses power?
We've all experienced when someone unwittingly unplugs our computer. To deal with this, you might consider using a medical grade UPS. But those are bulky and expensive. In any case, it would be great if MediCollector could launch itself automatically when the computer is eventually plugged in again. This functionality is already built-in to the MediCollector SERVICE product. But with a little effort, you can also make this happen in the MediCollector BEDSIDE product:
- Turn OFF sleep mode
Make sure Windows is not configured to go to sleep after some period of inactivity. This is done in Windows Settings.
- Disable Windows auto-updates
Have you ever left MediCollector running overnight, and then returned the next day to find that MediCollector is no longer running? I've experienced this myself. But if you dig a little (in the Windows Event Log), you will discover that Windows decided to install updates overnight and even rebooted itself! And what's crazy is that Windows doesn't even bother to notify you the next day. So you have no idea what happened. No dialog box appears saying "Windows just installed updates and rebooted itself". To avoid this, you can try to disable auto-updates (in Windows Settings). But this may not be totally possible. Microsoft appears to have made auto-updates mandatory for many versions of Windows. But I know you can at least postpone updates or configure them to happen on a known schedule.