SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: Vermont-based EQ2 LLC, a leading supplier of hospital CMMS (Computerized Maintenance and Management System) software, today announced that its HEMS software successfully completed five days of real-time integration and interoperability testing at the IHE (Integrating The Healthcare Enterprise) Connectathon in Cleveland.
According to Jim Smith, President of EQ2, “It’s now within reach for a multi-hospital organization to instantly know where their medical devices are, whether the device is attached to a patient, is in an alarm state, whether it requires a critical update or is under a pending safety alert, how often it is used and what it costs to support it.”
He added, “Along with the FDA’s new federal UDI (Unique Device Identification) Law, the IHE Standards will enable healthcare to align disparate devices and systems into an efficient, safe and effective patient care delivery system. No more bunkered devices and systems – interoperability and standard messaging will rule.”
The IHE Connectathon event stages and tests the interoperability of health IT systems for conformance to IHE Profiles (workflows) between products from medical equipment vendors, integrators, software providers and public health vendors. Tests are monitored by neutral IHE observers provided by AAMI, ACCE, NIST and others. The goal is to increase the effectiveness, safety and positive patient outcomes while lowering the cost of healthcare. All results are published for public review in the IHE Connectathon Results Database. See http://www.iheusa.org/ for details.
Vishal Malhotra, EQ2’s Director of Technical Development, stated “EQ2 prepared for the Connectathon and our success in passing all submitted tests in several IHE Profiles is a testimony to our technical ability. To me, the Connectathon’s real value was being able to work with the other great technical teams assembled on real world, interoperability work flow. This is the same workflow that will go-live at hospitals worldwide so this experience is invaluable to all companies.”
EQ2, the only hospital CMMS vendor among the 100 vendors participating in the Connectathon, successfully connected to, and tested with, smart products from 15 medical equipment vendors including:
– Bernoulli Cardiopulmonary Corp: Real-time data sent from “smart” Bernoulli cardiopulmonary medical devices was collected, normalized and analyzed in the HEMS software.
– B. Braun’s smart infusion pump delivered operating data to HEMS enabling data storage and analysis of pump use and operating statistics.
– Smiths Medical devices of various kinds were connected in real time to HEMS, enabling data storage analysis and processing for service, calibration, and providing use statistics.
– Hospira’s IV Clinical Integration Solution is now available in their smart infusion pumps and interfaces in real time with HEMS.
GUARD’s RFID Solutions devices enabling a hospital to employ a Real-Time-Locating-System (RTLS) for its medical devices wherever they might be in the hospitals many rooms and laboratories.
EQ2 has been a providing CMMS solutions to hospitals since 1994. It has hundreds of hospital users, and with its modular product, is able to address all hospital CMMS needs from the small, single facility to the multi-location campus and even geographically distributed institutions.
For more information on EQ2 and its HEMS CMMS software please visit http://www.EQ2.com/ or contact EQ2 at 888-312-HEMS.
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