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Reinforcement to the Medanets Service & Delivery Team

The Medanets Service & Delivery Team gained more resources when Tommi Kähkönen joined the crew in May.

Medanets solutions are already accessed by more than 30 hospitals and a number of health centres in Finland and Sweden. The use of our solutions is expanding to new wards, but also through new features. During this year, for example, 15 Medanets implementations have already been carried out.

Tommi Kähkönen’s involvement in the Service & Delivery team allows end-user training to run smoothly even as our operations grow.

A Welfare Technology Engineer with an Eye for Humour

Tommi is a trained welfare technology engineer with strong competence in working between the customer and the product development team, adapting the product to the needs of the customer and training end-users to use the product. Tommi has previous work experience, for instance, as a product engineer for hearing accessibility and a specialized professional at a hospital.

The outcome of the work must be exact; it has to be functional and it must meet the customer’s needs. I do hope the work atmosphere allows for a bit of a twinkle in your eye, however. It’s good to have some humour in the house. A cheerful employee is easy to approach and customer cooperation with such a person runs the best.

-Tommi Kähkönen, Service and Delivery Specialist, Medanets

Medanets Goes to the Most Digital Deed of the Year Competition Finals

The finalists of the Most Digital Deed of the Year Competition, hosted by Atea, have been chosen. Medanets is also among them!

For the final round of the Most Digital Deed of the Year Competition, the jury, comprised of highly qualified experts, chose from the Public Administration and the Enterprise categories respectively three candidates, who are making a positive contribution to their users’ work, business operations, and society as a whole.

A Must-have Tool of the Hospital World

More effective anticipation of incidents and more time for the patients. The intermediate stages and dangerous delays of data transfers can be eliminated when patient data is recorded directly via the Medanets application while with the person in need.

Medanets is a big help in daily nursing. Among the biggest benefits of the application (in addition to its ease of use) are the time savings, which can be spent on patient care instead of double documentation. We’re here specifically for people. We can view the patient’s values together with the patient, going through what they mean in terms of his or her treatment.

-Jenni Siekkinen, Project Worker, IT Management, Central Finland Health Care District

Even though a pen and paper are still our stiffest competition, digitalization applies to the hospital world as well. When we began, Medanets was something nice to have for the nurses. Now it has become a must-have: an important tool, which can save human lives.

-Juha-Matti Ranta, CEO, Medanets

The competition winners will be decided by a public vote.

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Medanets Expands to Sweden – More Time for Patients in Västra Götaland

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In the region of Västra Götaland (VGR), healthcare works smartly with digital solutions. Patient data is registered directly via a smartphone, which reduces the time for administration and gives the care staff more time for the patient. The VGR is the first in Sweden to work like this.

When the Medanets mobile solution was introduced to healthcare, both the patient’s and the employee’s experience improved, while administration decreased and patient safety increased. In VGR, over 120 care departments are already using the mobile solution. The effects have been positive and immediate.

More time for the patient

During the first few months since VGR started using the solution, error documentations reduced by 75%, releasing 70 hours per department each month. The time is used instead to meet the patient. The solution includes real-time updates to the Electronic Health Record, which means that the right decision can be made at the right time. When patient data was manually registered, the statistics showed that the delay between measurement time and registration was around 25 minutes. Now, VGR is continuing with and connecting all departments – around 250 in total.

Collaboration for increased quality

The solution has been developed by VGR’s journal system supplier, Cerner, with the Finnish company Medanets. Similar solutions are used by more than 30 hospitals and health centres in Finland. Together, Cerner and Medanets have created a solution that facilitates nurses’ everyday life and increases patient safety.

“It’s amazingly exciting that we’ve found an innovative solution that makes a difference to healthcare,” says Ann-Sofie Ardfelt, head of department for VGR IT Healthcare system.

An important request from healthcare professionals has been to work with documentation near the patient so that they can focus on the patient rather than administration. The use of smartphones (both Apple IOS and Android) has saved valuable time that can instead be devoted to patient care. The time released so far for patient work is, according to VGR’s own calculations, over 5,000 hours per month.

Access to Mobile Point-of-Care Application Expands to New Primary Health Care Units

The documentation needs of primary health care are similar to those of a central hospital, which is why mobile documentation streamlines the work flow of care professionals working at health centres and clinics as well.

Kainuu Social Welfare and Health Care Joint Authority was the first to introduce Medanets mobile solutions not only to the hospital, but also to the primary health care units in Kajaani, Sotkamo, Suomussalmi and Kuhmo in 2015. The people in Kainuu have been satisfied with point-of-care documentation as it significantly improves patient safety and the efficiency of operations.

This year access to mobile solutions expanded from the mentioned primary health care units to the Central Finland regional health care centre, the Kaarina health centre and Rauma health care services.

Central Finland Regional Health Care Centre

On the primary health care side, Medanets mobile documentation of observation values was introduced at the units of the Central Finland regional health care centre situated in Joutsa, Laukaa and Keuruu. The introduced mobile solution enables data transfers directly into the Electronic Health Record via mobile device. With less time spent on information work, nurses are left with more time for the patient.

This is handy not to have to make entries on a piece of paper!

Mobile documentation allows for more immediate caregiving; more time for the nurses to spend with the patient.

At the same time, the wards began to evaluate the patients’ condition systematically with National Early Warning Score (NEWS). The Medanets application utilizes the observation values recorded for the patient and determines the risk score by comparing how much these values deviate from normal ones. The total score helps nurses to evaluate the patient’s overall situation, providing support to decisions on whether to send the patient to the specialized medical care emergency clinic.

Kaarina Health Centre

Wards 1 and 2 of the Kaarina health centre utilize the mobile point-of-care solution for mobile documentation of observation values, but also for calculating the NEWS and displaying the corresponding instructions for action.

These new mobile workings were put to use at once with great enthusiasm.

Incredibly good and it sure speeds up work!

It frees resources for caregiving significantly.

Especially the NEWS feature is truly useful since it gives the nurse instructions at once on what to do and automatically calculates the score from the entered values.

Very clear and easy to use!

Rauma Health Care Services

Three wards providing the Rauma health care services went mobile as well. Observation values, such as the blood pressure, the pulse and the temperature, which had previously been recorded on the computer, are now recorded at once via mobile device while with the patient. Previously measured values are also displayed through the mobile device, whereby the care staff is able to respond more rapidly to any changes in the patient’s condition.

Having heard so many good things about the mobile solution, the locals had already been eagerly anticipating access to it.

Reading the barcode on the patient’s wristband is really quick and easy.

This saves time for other work.

Quick entries to the EHR for the doctors and nurses to access.

The Medanets trainers were very capable and multi-professional.

Documentation: Always Performed for a Good Reason, Not Just to Pass the Time

Hoitotyön kirjaamisen tärkeys

There is no getting around documentation. It is indispensable to patient care.

During a treatment period, the patient may have several different doctors and nurses. How could the care staff keep track of the patient’s condition and the procedures performed without exchanging information? The answer, of course, is that they couldn’t. Documentation is a prerequisite for safe, high-quality care.

According to an article in Sairaanhoitajalehti [1], a magazine published by the Finnish Nurses’ Association, point-of-care documentation still has some shortcomings, however.

Not Documented Means Not Done

The reason, why not all information related to patient care might not be documented, is related to the workload of the documentation and the time it takes. One study [2] shows that documentation consumes no less than 31% of a nurse’s working time. According to the same study, only 21% of the working time is left for interaction with the patient. There is no good reason for undocumentation, however. Each documentation entry is important.

Research [3] has shown that sub-standard documentation leads to prolonged hospital stays and even increased mortality among patients. There will be consequences when communication among healthcare professionals breaks down.

Failing to document not only undermines patient care, but also makes nurses more vulnerable to legal claims.

A Case of Absent Documentation

A nurse measures the blood pressure, the temperature and the oxygen saturation of a patient during the medication administration round. The values are slightly outside the normal reference values, but since the patient appears to be doing very well, the nurse is not concerned. The nurse is called to provide some urgent care and forgets to document the measured values.

Later, the evening shift nurse checks the patient’s data and does not find any mention of the patient’s differing values. This nurse administrates the patient’s evening medication and moves on to see another patient. The night shift nurse does likewise, deeming the patient’s condition normal since the patient appears to be doing well and the patient data indicates no differing values.

Is the patient’s condition deteriorating? No one knows because no one perceives that the measurement values are, indeed, sinking more than they should.

On Behalf of Better Care

Documentation enables better care both now and in the future.

  • Now – the people caring for the patient have up-to-date information on the patient’s condition.
  • In the future – documentation will bring content to clinical decision support systems, whereby patients in a similar situation can receive better care.

References:

[1] Sairaanhoitajalehti (03/2019). Kirjaamisessa yhä puutteita. <https://shlehti.sairaanhoitajat.fi/share/13671/276a72> 28 Feb. 2019.

[2] Ascom & Wilke (2015). How do nurses spend their time? An analysis of tasks and time use.

[3] Mathloudakis A., Rousalovia I., Gagnat A.A., Saad N. & Hardavela G. (2016). How to keep good clinical records. Breathe 12(10), 371–375.

Great Additions to the Medanets Team Bring New Viewpoints to Product Development and User Interface Design

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The Medanets office situated in the Hiironen district of Oulu was expanded during 2018, providing double the amount of space compared with the previous premises. The added space has been put to good use since today Medanets already has 23 employees—including Ville, Marko and Hanna, who started working there this year.

Strong Expertise for Java Development

Ville Oikarinen was searching to belong somewhere as a coder and found his way to us at the turn of the year. Being a hard-core professional, Ville has plenty to give the agile software development model, as well as the software life cycle stages.

Ville is at his best working as a team builder, helping the team obtain the best possible developer experience and target its work with precision and agility by striving to achieve a good understanding about the actual needs of the end user. Ville also has many years of experience in certain kinds of healthcare industry software.

The Medanets team gave me a warm welcome and the teamwork began to run smoothly at once in a congenial atmosphere. I already learned all kinds of new things and had the opportunity to help solve some delicious problems.” —Ville Oikarinen

An Experienced Professional to Step up iOS Development

Marko Posio, an iOS professional, joined our ranks in January. Having versatile competence in the fields of mobile and backend development, Marko is a true agility professional, who is going to step up our iOS development.

Medanets gave me a warm, sincere welcome. It was easy to come and join this working community.” —Marko Posio

User Interface and Corporate Identity Gain a Fresh Look

Hanna Ahvensalmi, a user interface/user experience (UI/UX) designer, began working with us last week. Her job description includes taking the usability and appearance of our product usability to a new level by means of design, as well as strengthening the Medanets image in general. Previously, Hanna was working with a wide range of user interfaces and web sites, as well as corporate identity and conventional graphic design.

At Medanets, I get to work on an application that is useful to many people, ranging from nurses to patients. This gives our work meaning. The new challenges are inspiring and the crew is the nicest imaginable.” —Hanna Ahvensalmi

Global Mobile Awards Nominees Announced: Medanets Rises to Rival Giant Companies

This year’s nominees for the Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) were announced by GSMA, the world’s biggest mobile event organizer. The list of nominees includes global companies, such as Google, Apple and Accenture —and alongside them Medanets, a health technology company based in Oulu.

The GLOMO Awards is a competition that awards innovative mobile industry products, such as applications, devices and services. Winners from around the world are selected from ten different categories. The prizes will be presented in the MWC Barcelona ceremony in the presence of more than 107,000 expected attendees on 26 February.

Medanets from Oulu is competing in the category Fourth Industrial Revolution for the title of the Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech. See the full list of nominees hereGLOMO_Logo

A Pioneer in Its Industry Targeting the World

Through the Medanets smartphone application, hospital and health centre care staff can browse and record patient data immediately in conjunction with the care event. As the data is transferred directly into the Electronic Health Record, there is more time left for what is essential, namely taking care of the patient instead of working on the computer.

According to the latest study conducted in Sweden, the Medanets mobile point-of-care solution brings time savings of more than 70 hours a month for units accessing the solution since the patient data can be checked and recorded immediately while in the patient’s room. With the new procedure, the flow of information regarding the patient’s condition is not broken and the patient can be offered safer care of better quality.

This mobile innovation is now accessed by more than 30 hospitals and a number of health centres in Finland and Sweden, making Medanets the industry market leader in the Nordic countries. The company vision is to provide its solutions globally in the future.

An Aid to the Increasingly Growing Workload of Nurses

Medanets has further developed its solution together with its customers, the healthcare professionals. Through the mobile solution, they can now record the observation values (such as the blood pressure, the pulse and the temperature) measured from the patient, fill interactive forms, determine the patient’s risk score and make medication administering entries, among other things.

In addition to going global, the future plans of the company include bringing mobile solutions to an increasing number of tasks performed on the computer, which burden the nursing process. The purpose is to support and facilitate the increasingly growing workload of nurses and provide the patients better care.

Where to Meet Us This Spring?

This spring you can meet us at the following events:

Head Nurse & Nursing Manager Days 2019, 15.-16.1.2019 | Tampere, Finland

ArabHealth, 28.-31.1.2019 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Social & Healthcare IM Seminar, 11.-12.2.2019 | Tampere, Finland

HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition, 11.-15.2.2019 | Orlando, USA

Cerner Forum, 26.-28.2.2019 | London, UK

Nursing Congress & Exhibition, 21.-23.3.2019 | Helsinki, Finland

Future Hospital, 27.-28.3.2019 | Helsinki, Finland

Medanets User Days 2019, 2.-3.4.2019 | Helsinki, Finland

DMEA, 9.-11.4.2019 | Berlin, Germany

Social & Healthcare ICT Conference, 6.-8.5.2019 | Tampere, Finland

Vitalis, 21.-23.5.2019 | Göteborg, Sweden

HIMSS Europe 2019, 11.-13.6.2019 | Helsinki, Finland

 

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