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Boost to the Development of the Medanets AdminUI Tool

In late 2016, Medanets started to develop a tool for the administration and reporting of its solutions to enable better management of the customer environment and faster service.

When hospitals and health centres are able to personalize their solutions, nursing does not have to be modified to meet the system, but rather the system can be modified to support the current nursing processes.

AdminUI is specifically designed for the administration and reporting of existing Medanets mobile solutions. It is not meant to replace features of the Electronic Health Recor but to allow the customer to use the mobile solutions autonomously. In addition to our customers, the tool is also used by the relevant partners on the customers’ behalf and by Medanets itself. Medanets AdminUI is currently used by seven healthcare organisations in Finland and Sweden.

In order to improve the tool and its user experience even further, we are expanding the resources for its further development.

Two Full Stack Web Developers

In early August, Kari Pönkkö and Mikko Karvonen joined Medanets under the title of full stack web developer. In other words, they will be writing code for our web user interface to enable comprehensive management of our customers’ environments.

Kari has been working in the industry for more than 20 years, and he has become well-versed in many different programming languages and techniques along the way. Furthermore, Kari’s passion for his field motivates him to expand his skills outside the office, as well. 

Mikko was on the lookout for a new job where he could truly immerse himself in web programming. The opportunities offered by Medanets caught Mikko’s eye and brought him to us. Mikko describes himself as a computer enthusiast, and he has extensive experience in software planning as well as test automation.

After a couple of weeks on the job, these gentlemen have already got to know the product inside and out, and their work on its further development is off to a great start!

Medanets is Now Available in the UK and Ireland

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We strongly believe that we can bring value to healthcare professionals in the UK and Ireland, which is why we have now made our solution available also in these markets.

Our decision to enter the UK and Irish markets is based on market review and the value it would bring customers. It would help our customers to gain in efficiency of care and clinical safety by moving to a point-of-care mobile healthcare workflow.

Our offering aligns with the NHS long term vision and would enable clients to achieve digitally enabled care outlined in its vision. Our intuitive solution would help empower clinicians by reducing the administrative burden by embedding data capture within the clinicians workflow and enhance safety by identifying deteriorating patients earlier.

Responding to Market Needs

Whilst many countries in Europe may be ahead in digitization in healthcare, the UK and Ireland have been ahead in adoption of clinical safety measures like EWS.  Early warning scores (EWS) were developed in acute hospital settings to improve recognition and response to patient deterioration. In 2012, the UK Royal College of Physicians developed the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to standardize EWS across the NHS and was widely adopted as across the NHS as early as 2015. 

We have made significant improvements to our solution to bring value to our customers in this market. For example, Medanets offering now supports all EWS types used in the market like NEWS1&2, MEOWS, PEWS scales and SEPSIS Screening. 

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Next Generation Early Warning Score

The Early Warning Score (EWS) process, established in 2012 by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians [1], has quickly found its place in several countries and is gaining popularity globally. EWS has also found its place in the Medanets app and is now reaching a new level.

The EWS process has been studied and validated. For example, in the UK, the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) will be mandated for hospital use by April 2019 and is also recommended for use outside hospitals [1]. The EWS calculation process based on changes in vital signs can detect patient deterioration, warning signs and severely ill patients.

Medanets has featured the early warning score (EWS) since 2015. Based on customer requests, this feature is now being updated, making it even better and more versatile to correspond with the best mobile practices. Patients will benefit from the method, and the tool will certainly make it easier for nurses to complete the process.

All EWS types supported

The Medanets app supports each EWS type:

  • The UK-originated National EWS (NEWS)
  • Version 2 of the NEWS (NEWS2) with two scales – one for e.g. hypercapnic respiratory failure patients, the other for adults in general
  • The Paediatric EWS (PEWS) – there are multiple scales to select based on the child’s age – e.g. in Finland, there are five different scales
  • The Maternity Obstetric Early Warning Scale (MEOWS) for pregnant and postnatal women
  • Any custom-Modified EWS scale (MEWS) – any observation can be used by configuration only

Keeping the Focus on the Patient – All the Time

The scale can be assigned individually for each patient, and the app has a trend view to compare up to four of the latest EWS calculations to discern the patient’s condition, or if treatment for a deteriorating patient is beginning to take effect. The Medanets app can also show results from other sources, such as the Electronic Health Record or a patient monitor. In the near future, we will equip a Care Activities feature to host EWS schedules to keep the nurse very up-to-date with the actions needed for each patient. No EWS event goes unnoticed.

Like any of the nurse’s workflow supporting features we deliver, the EWS works offline, meaning an interrupted connection won’t affect the detection of a deterioration. To provide an overall view of the patients in the hospital or on an individual ward,the Medanets AdminUI tool displays the number of EWS patients by risk category. It also enables the monitoring of the deployment of the EWS process in general.

Second Generation Mobile EWS

In Finland, the deployment of the second generation mobile EWS feature will begin its roll-out in September 2019. We’re excited!

Stay tuned for the results of the EWS implementation:

  • Saved hours – eliminating paper and manual calculation
  • Care quality – completing the EWS process conveniently while with the patient
  • Safety – decreased documentation and calculation errors, immediate decision support
  • Efficiency – in at least the smallest smile of a nurse getting technology that helps them
  • The cost – return on your investment in no time [2]

References:

[1] Scott LJ, Redmond NM, Garrett J, et al Distributions of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) across a healthcare system following a large-scale roll-out Emergency Medicine Journal 2019;36:287-292.

[2] Medanets Mobile Documentation, ROI Calculation

Case AdminUI – Administration and Reporting of Mobile Point-of-Care Solutions

Medanets AdminUI

For the fluency of care processes, adapting solutions implemented in an entire organisation to the varying requirements and practices of different units is of utmost importance. Furthermore, continuous and systematic monitoring of reports will assist in the optimization of operations.

In late 2016, Medanets started to develop a tool for the administration and reporting of its solutions to enable better management of the customer environment and faster service. When hospitals and health centres are able to personalize their solutions, nursing does not have to be modified to meet the system, but rather the system can be modified to support the current nursing processes.

The tool is currently used by seven healthcare organizations in Finland and Sweden.

Administration – Responding to Special Requirements

Medanets’ AdminUI administration feature allows for specifying data input and viewing practices separately for each ward. For example, the name of each parameter and the location at which the parameter is shown – or whether it is shown at all – can be separately specified to prevent unnecessary data from hampering the use of the system. Different features of the application can also be hidden if the ward does not need them.

The Hospital District of Southwest Finland was eager to start using the administration feature of Medanets AdminUI, and our wards have been very pleased with it. The tool is easy to use and allows for quick reactions to the wards’ change requests and wishes. The introduction to the administration tool covered all aspects very well. All questions that have arisen have been answered quickly

-Oskari Mällinen, project coordinator, Turku University Hospital

Reporting – Evidence-Based Decision-Making

With the reporting feature of Medanets AdminUI, customers can view reports including the data they need, such as observation values, entries on administered medication, the number of devices used and the number of users. The tool can be used to, for instance, investigate how well the implementation of a new solution went, to ensure that any obstacles are addressed without delay.


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The system also provides reports on the number of patients in each risk category based on the EWS (Early Warning Score) and risk assessment indicators to support operational planning.

The Medanets AdminUI reporting feature provides an easy way to monitor EWS recording at the organization and unit level, both in real time and retrospectively. From the graph, you can see at a glance the number of patients treated and EWS calculations made. It also shows the number of low-risk/medium-risk/high-risk patients over the period in question. The data can be used to support management decisions when assessing the use of EWS and the workload of the personnel in each review period

-Tytti Ervasti, Clinical Nurse Specilist, PhD, Nr, Central Finland Health Care District

Efficient Care without Compromising Quality

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For a healthcare organisation, making purchase decisions is often a lengthy process that requires complex strategic planning – after all, the decision made will have a major impact on the work the professionals do to provide their patients the optimal care.

Purchase decisions in public healthcare are influenced by a variety of factors: providing better care, reliability of the solution and the supplier, attracting and retaining employees, and resource optimization.

In this article, we focus on the optimization of resources. You can read more information about other factors and the impact of mobile solutions have on them by clicking on the articles below.

Resource Optimization – Case Mobile Documentation

In 2017, the Swedish healthcare district of Västra Götaland tested and investigated the basic feature of the Medanets application, i.e. mobile documentation of patients’ observation values. Key observations of the study when the observation values are recorded in real time at the bedside to the Electronic Health Record:

  • Each inpatient ward saved on average 70 working hours per month
    • – 92.5 minutes per day per ward with two measuring rounds
    • – 138.75 minutes per day per ward with three measuring rounds
    • – 185 minutes per day per ward with four measuring rounds
  • Erroneous entries reduced by 74%
  • Up-to-date information was available to everyone immediately after having been recorded. Previously, the average delay was 22–25 minutes.
  • Nurses felt that their job satisfaction improved, because now they have more time for actual nursing.

All of these observations are fully in line with the observations made by Medanets customers in Finland. For example, the Hospital District of Southwest Finland justified its procurement of the Medanets application in 2015 primarily by the fact that through the Medanets solution, nurses have more time for personal interaction with the patients, which has been found to improve the quality of care.

Connections to Patient Monitoring Systems

According to calculations on saved time made by the Acuta unit of the Pirkanmaa Hospital District in 2013, nurses saved 17 seconds per measured parameter with the Medanets Monitored patients feature. The gross savings at an inpatient ward where 500 monitor entries per day are made is some 100 hours per month, for example.

Mobile Documentation Repayment Period

Medanets mobiilikirjaamisen ROI-laskelma

Would you like a ROI calculation for your ward?

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Case Mobile Photo – Clinical Photography with a Smartphone

Clinical photo

The Pirkanmaa Hospital District in cooperation with Medanets and Neagen is conducting a pilot project on a mobile photo feature at six different wards.

The Pirkanmaa Hospital District is the first hospital district in Finland to conduct a pilot project on a mobile photo feature for professional care work, realized in cooperation by Medanets and Neagen. The new feature allows saving a patient photo taken with a smartphone directly, via a secure connection, in the image archives the hospital or health centre uses.

Clinical photography is an important tool especially in highly visual branches of medicine, such as the wards included in the Pirkanmaa Hospital District mobile photo feature pilot project:

  • Wound Centre’s outpatient clinic
  • Lung and Skin Disease Ward 2
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder Ward 1
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder Ward 2
  • Cancer Ward RS1
  • Cancer Ward RS2

From digital camera to smartphone

Previously, transferring clinical photographs from a digital camera to a computer took some time, and some photos were not taken or saved because of this. Furthermore, each ward only had one digital camera at its disposal.

Due to the sensitive nature of clinical photographs, special attention must be paid to the appropriate documentation, saving and sharing of the images.

Nowadays, each of the piloting Pirkanmaa Hospital District wards has several smartphones used for clinical photography. In this case, a smartphone is more often present during treatment situations. Photos taken of patients and further information enclosed with them are now saved in real time in the correct patient context. To ensure proper data protection, the photos are not saved in the smartphone itself.

Promoting patient care

Pirkanmaa Hospital District adds the clinical images in the patients’ files and uses them in consultations, monitoring of treatment and teaching, for example.

  • Remote consulting – a clinician can provide advice on further treatment after having seen the photo
  • Monitoring of treatment – changes in tissues, progress of healing, etc.
  • Supporting teaching – using photos in for teaching purposes is “a whole new dimension”

The application is easy to use. It also goes without saying that it is much more convenient than our previous method. The application clearly has potential, and the common operating guidelines should be clarified further to eliminate any uncertainty that might hinder people from utilizing it.

-Joni Sulin, nurse, Tampere University Hospital

When piloting the new solution, the Pirkanmaa Hospital District observed that the operating processes related to clinical photography need some further development. Employees were unsure of how the photos can be used and what the archiving will cost, for example. In future, instructions must be provided and agreements on rules must be made to reach the high usability requirements of the photographs.

Read more about the mobile photo feature »

Where to Meet Us This Fall?

This fall you can meet us at the following events:

Sjuksköterskans dag, 10.9.2019 | Stockholm*

Park Annual, 26.9.2019 | Gothenburg

ICT Forum by CGI, 10.-11.10.2019 | Helsinki

Turku Medical Days, 6.-7.11.2019 | Turku

eHiN, 12.-13.11.2019 | Oslo

Hosit, 14.11.2019 | Stockholm*

Digisote, 19.-20.11.2019 | Helsinki*

Medication Special, 27.-28.11.2019 | Helsinki

Medinnovation Skåne, 3.12.2019 | Lund*

 *The Medanets crew will be present without a booth. To ensure meeting us, please arrange an appointment in advance: medanets@medanets.com.

Plus One in Sweden – Carl-Gustaf Jönsson has started as Sales Manager

Medanets has appointed Carl-Gustaf Jönsson as Sales Manager. Carl-Gustaf will be focusing on Medanets’ operations and growth in Sweden.

Medanets’ operations expanded to Sweden when the region of Västra Götaland (VGR) signed a contract covering Medanets mobile solutions with its journal system supplier Cerner. The solutions will be introduced in a total of 250 wards.

To deepen the existing customer relationship with VGR, establish new sales in Sweden and open new market areas, we are now adding resources to the Medanets sales team in Sweden.

Building long-term relationships

Carl-Gustaf (“Calle”) Jönsson, Medanets’ new Sales Manager in Sweden, has long and extensive experience in customer relations and the field of information technology. Before Medanets, he worked for nearly a decade in customer relationship management in the telecommunications industry.

Calle also has experience in the healthcare industry: he has worked for medical imaging companies and in hospital communications. With his technical background and experience in healthcare, Calle has the advantage of understanding both the customer’s systems and the solutions we offer.

My passion in improved workflow in the healthcare arena together with my experience in mobile solutions, makes Medanets a perfect fit for me. It will be great to become part of Medanets’ talented and dedicated team when we together can offer a better care and work environment within the wards. The solutions will for sure be well known at new and existing markets.

-Carl-Gustaf Jönsson, Sales Manager, Medanets

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