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10 Technologies Hospital Leaders Should be Watching

Ryan Chiavetta and Chelsea Rice, March 22, 2013

3.Alarm Integration technology
In some critical care units, alarm fatigue is a major concern, with some hospitals experiencing 350 physiologic monitor alarms per patient per day. In order to help staff combat this dilemma, alarm integration systems are implemented to improve alarm management by sending alerts to a wireless communications device, such as a cell phone or a pager. Doing so not only combats alarm fatigue among clinicians, but provides a quieter environment for patients.

4.Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a coverage determination for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) under multiple, specific conditions. While hospitals work toward  meeting these conditions, which include having an on-site heart valve surgery program, and two cardiac surgeons to examine potential replacement patients, they are also assessing efficiencies that may be gained from hybrid ORs or the hybrid cath lab model. 

5. Imaging and Surgery
Full-scale angiography systems are making their way into ORs in order to help hospitals guide high-risk minimally invasive surgery, combine open and minimally invasive surgery, and verify the successful completion of surgery in the OR. The systems contain a CT and MRI and can cost a hospital a lot of money to install, along with devoting assets to necessary trainings and optimal equipment places. While there are there are space and infrastructure needs, with high volumes of vascular and cardiovascular surgeries, hybrid ORs equipped with high-end imaging systems can be an asset.

6.PET/MR
With the PET/CR becoming a mainstay in the field of oncology, another hybrid machine is looking to make a similar impact: PET/MR. Since the FDA approved the first two PET/MR scanners in 2011, the benefits of this hybrid and its improvement over the PET/CR have emerged. Those advancements include greater detail of internal structures and the possibility of helping physicians detect tumors and cancers.

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Donna Swift (4/5/2013 at 12:52 PM)
Great article. Hospitals are currently challenged with making the needed changes for ACA. These top 10 technologies will help improve patient safety, communication, and quality.