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2nd Patient Monitoring Roundtable - Alarm management in focus

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Our second roundtable (February 17, 2022) focused on the status quo of alarm management in the clinical context. In a relaxed atmosphere, all participants were able to share their expertise regarding alarm management and take each other's perspective as food for thought. 

The exchange focused on experiences, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools used in alarm management in normal and intensive care units. The following aspects were the main subjects of the debate at the 2nd PMRT (Patient Monitoring Roundtable):

  • Prioritization and recording of alarms improvable
  • Standardized HIS (KIS)-interface necessary
  • Responsibilities in process flow unclear 
  • SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) required
  • Inconsistent project teams complicate collaboration.

During the discussion, one participant referred to the people-process-technology model. The model describes three central factors for implementing new technologies: technology, processes and people. Changes in human thinking and behavior pose the greatest challenges (see graphic). 

Furthermore, the discussion included future developments in the field of monitoring and alarm management, including wishes for increased monitoring in the outpatient setting for earlier hospital discharge, an expansion of alarm signals (e.g., through vibration), and monitoring tools (e.g., bedside cameras in addition to the monitoring system). Opportunities for prospective analysis of alarm data and work on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and hospital project teams were also addressed. 

The next roundtable will be held on March 31, 2022 on the topic of “Alarm Management Standards for Patient Monitoring: Reality or Utopia” (digital). Registration is possible here. For organizational reasons, we ask for renewed registration even if you have participated in previous events. 

The Patient Monitoring Roundtable is organized by Hacking Health Berlin and INCH e.V. (Initiative for Collaboration and Innovation in Healthcare e.V.) in cooperation with the Institute for Medical Informatics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

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CCM, Invalidenstraße 90


PD Dr. med. Akira-Sebastian Poncette

Section Medical Data and Systems (IMI)Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Postal address:Charitéplatz 110117 Berlin

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