At the Body Computing Conference held on September 23 at the University of Southern California, Karten Design (Los Angeles, CA) introduced a wireless, cloud-connected device designed to simplify the programming of pacemakers.
The conceptual device is said to facilitate access to electronic medical records during pacemaker procedures. In addition, it enables nurses to operate equipment with real-time remote support from doctors and technicians. The device is a result of a collaboration between Karten Design and the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC).
Check out the press release:
Today, health care facilities must store and maintain up to five distinct programming systems, which are all operated by off-site manufacturers’ representatives. Patient care teams currently rely on these manufacturers’ representatives to begin procedures. [CBC Executive Director Dr. Leslie Saxon] enlisted Karten Design to define and develop an easily implementable solution that embraces wireless technology and modern ceremonies to simplify the process.
The Universal Programmer is designed to replace manufacturers’ proprietary programmers with a single interface. Instead of storing five separate systems, physicians can plug manufacturers’ wands, which communicate with programming protocols in each branded pacemaker, into the Universal Programmer.
Karten Design envisioned a device that allows nurses the option to handle programming with remote assistance from technicians and physicians. Incorporating familiar ceremonies from consumer electronics to improve communication between care providers, the programmer becomes a communication portal with dual web cameras, microphones and speakers. Two touch screen panels simplify user interface and guide users step by step through the process of programming pacemakers for invasive procedures. The interface incorporates multiple checkpoints and safety measures to ensure that patients’ hearts receive continual stimulus.
The cloud-connected Universal Programmer allows users to view a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) on screen without the need for additional devices. It also facilitates easy updating of EMRs with wands automatically updates EMRs each time it makes contact with a pacemaker. Notifications can be sent to a patient’s primary care physician or cardiologist, who may access information via the cloud to ensure proper follow-up.
Images: (Top) Healthcare profressionals can update a patient’s electronic medical record directly on the device. Patient information is stored in the cloud; (Center) A nurse can operate the Universal Programmer with remote support—avoiding the need to have a rep from the manufacturer come to the site; (Bottom) The device’s interface includes various failsafe functions to protect the patient.