Nihon Kohden America: EMR Integration: A Healthcare CIO’s Checklist

Mike Dashefsky, Global Strategic Marketing Executive
Today’s healthcare CIOs find themselves in unchartered waters. Faced with challenges brought about by healthcare reform initiatives, CIOs of healthcare institutions are tasked with implementing new technology solutions while keeping the end goals of patient satisfaction, quality and clinical outcomes in mind.

Now under government mandate to meet ‘meaningful requirements’ to have integrations to their EMR systems–and to make these systems more robust–hospitals are feeling the strain. If vendors need to be changed or equipment updated, the financial burden becomes exponentially higher. This becomes very expensive from both a cost and implementation time standpoint. On top of that, in the average hospital, over 2,000 staff members will need to be trained on the new equipment. So, how can technology effectively address those challenges?
At the crossroads of medicine and technology, Nihon Kohden America, an enterprise monitoring company, helps clients meet these needs. The company provides a total patient monitoring solution comprised of both clinical and business solutions, which remove bottlenecks in patient-flow and bed utilization regardless of acuity or location within the hospital. This results in better patient care, which leads to better financial outcomes for the hospital.

Effective healthcare delivery is being hampered by the inability of hospitals to adequately monitor patients within their facilities, move them to appropriate units based on acuity level and bed availability, and ensure the flow of monitoring information for a seamless patient record. To address these issues, CIOs need a robust network that can monitor patients from virtually any location with flexible policies and procedures in place to meet staffing and acuity level requirements on any given day. The network of monitoring devices must also ensure the accurate electronic collection, transfer and integration of patient data into the EMR.

Monitoring providers should do everything in their power to make EMR integration as smooth as possible

According to Mike Dashefsky, Global Strategic Marketing Executive for Nihon Kohden America, for a hospital to impact every patient, monitoring or some type of surveillance needs to be in place. One of the benefits of an enterprise monitoring system is that all patient information can be forwarded to the hospital’s EMR with one simple connection – this is critical to meeting meaningful use requirements.

It pays to ask questions. CIOs must ask themselves: what type of information am I gathering from the enterprise monitoring provider, and how simple is it to integrate with my EMR? As well as what is the real cost? For example, if an EMR is purchased and integration is charged separately, the financial toll on an organization can be significant–and that isn’t even taking retraining of staff into account.

Also for consideration: How is the information from a point of care device, such as a bedside monitor or a patient transmitter, going to be fed back to the EMR? Is it through a bunch of independent connections or through a gateway?
When it comes to answering the key questions raised by healthcare CIOs in this dynamic environment, Nihon Kohden America takes a consultative approach. The company works in partnership with hospitals to address their challenges, meet financial objectives and improve patient care.

Nihon Kohden America

Irvine, CA

Mike Dashefsky, Global Strategic Marketing Executive

A manufacturer of instrumentation for Patient Monitoring, Sleep Assessment,Neurology and Cardiology.