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Data Management System Delivers Workflow Improvement for POC

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 01 Jul 2014
A major software upgrade of an informatics solution centrally manages in vitro diagnostics analyzers and operators at point-of-care (POC).

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (Erlangen, Germany) has released a major software upgrade for the RAPIDComm Data Management System. Version 5.0 of the upgrade encompasses Siemens’ POC Ecosystem which aims to improve a POC coordinator’s ability to meet challenges across a number of care components including device management, compliance reporting, remote monitoring, and mobile access.

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton National Health Service (NHS) Trust, is one of the first to implement RAPIDComm V5.0. Lorna Wood, biomedical scientist at the hospital stated, “We recently upgraded to V5.0 so our 14 Siemens POC systems benefit from the latest version of RAPIDComm. The platform creates centralized management of our RAPIDSystems and provides us with features to streamline workflow while providing great usability and reliability. The device-workload and material-usage reports are helping us to identify supply consumption which helps greatly with reporting.”

The latest version of the RAPIDComm System includes the RAPIDComm Web Application, which allows POC coordinators to quickly view the status of their POC instruments and troubleshoot issues from a handheld device. It enables users who manage blood gas analyzers to remotely view and control their instruments directly from an iPad, regardless of where they are located.

Additional functionality offered by the upgrade is an interface to the Personalized Education Plan (PEP) Administrator. This lets coordinators create and assign custom internet-based quizzes to instrument operators, which must be successfully completed for training and certification. The RAPIDComm System can automatically recertify operators and centrally manage and download their IDs and passwords to the appropriate POC testing instruments, ensuring secure access. This feature can help POC coordinators reduce the manual steps involved with the operator certification process.

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