EQ2 – a leader in hospital computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), successfully demonstrated its HEMS® software connectivity and interoperability at the IHE (Integrating The Healthcare Enterprise) Connectathon in Cleveland, OH January 25 – 29, 2016. For the second consecutive year HEMS was successfully tested with a number of medical device equipment vendors during real-time integration testing. And, like last year, EQ2 HEMS was the only CMMS vendor to achieve tested IHE PCD interoperability at the Connectathon.
EQ2 Chief Technology Officer Vishal Malhotra said, “Smart medical devices throughout hospitals are now able to communicate directly with HEMS. Utilizing MEMDMC (Medical Equipment Management Device Management Communication) and providing information such as whether the device is in use, network information such as IP address, MAC address, software revision, etc. hospitals are able to achieve better utilization of their medical devices while assuring their safety in real time. HEMS also integrates with the MEMLS (Medical Equipment Management Location Services) profile so that a device’s location is known at all times.”
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.
In both 2015 and 2016, HEMS interfaced with smart products from medical equipment vendors such as B. Braun Medical and Hospira for smart infusion pump data and GuardRFID for Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) for medical devices wherever they might be in any hospital’s room or laboratory. In 2016 HEMS interfaced with some additional smart products from Draeger and Carefusion, among others. Over the course of the past two Connectathons, HEMS has achieved tested IHE PCD interoperability with several medical equipment vendors like:
- B Braun Medical
- CareFusion (BD)
- GE Medical
- Iatric Systems
- SD Biosensor
- Smiths Medical