Welch Allyn, in an attempt to improve patient monitoring and record keeping, has unveiled the Connex Electronic Vitals Documentation System. The system revolves around the Connex Vital Signs Monitor 6000 designed in collaboration with frog design, a San Francisco-based product development firm. The Connex system automatically records data coming from various patient monitors and sends it to the Electronic Medical Record for long term storage. Additionally, it displays relevant information and can raise an alarm if trigger parameters are met. To give you a taste of how this system came to be, frog design has an overview on the company’s blog outlining the design process.
The Connex VSM (CVSM) is a full-color, touch screen device that acts as three devices in one—providing comprehensive patient documentation on a single display. This documentation includes automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry; manual parameters such as respiration, height, weight and pain level; and modifiers such as body position, O2 therapy details and others. The CVSM also gives the clinician the ability to control alarms, patient data and monitoring in a customized manner for each patient, and they can document this data right on the device—eliminating the need to locate a PC and transcribe it later.
The CVSM also enables two-way wireless communication from the bedside. It associates ID numbers to names to help clinicians properly identify patients and allows them to customize which ID fields are required and how they’re displayed, including simultaneous display of multiple forms of ID. The wireless technology is built right into the system allowing the monitor to act as a true mobile device, and it works with current wireless networks to deliver up-to-date patient demographics.