First, a note on our own behalf: The next Roundtable will take place on December 13, 2022 (6-8 p.m.). The question for the event is: "TeleCare Hotel: The future of perioperative care at Charité?". Registration is possible here!
The 7th Patient Monitoring Roundtable (PMRT) on November 15, 2022 was a premiere in two regards. On the one hand, the event "User-Testing of Monitoring Devices - Hands-on Workshop" was the first of its kind in the PMRT series and, on the other hand, it was the first time that the Roundtable took place exclusively in presence.
During the two-hour event, the participants got to know a monitoring device prototype of the manufacturer Masimo, were allowed to test it in a variety of ways, and finally voiced criticism and suggestions regarding the further development.
The digital labs of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) provided the ideal setting for the hands-on workshop. The diverse field of participants comprised 20 people and was put together in advance based on previous events and individual experiences, so that different perspectives could be brought to bear when testing the devices. Several representatives of manufacturer Masimo traveled to Berlin for the event.
The device demonstrated in the workshop and tested by the participants was the Radius VSM from the manufacturer Masimo, which is still under development. The Radius VSM is a wireless and modular system intended for non-invasive monitoring across the entire spectrum of patient care. The following parameters can be captured by the device: Pulse oximetry, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure, body temperature, position or activity, and respiratory rate. Depending on the individual needs of the patient, individual measurements can also be omitted. Overall, the wireless design of the Radius VSM is intended to enable a compromise between safety for patients and maximum comfort and mobility - which is exactly what all participants were supposed to put to the test during the workshop.
After a short recap of the previous roundtable and the presentation of the Radius VSM prototype, the user testing session started. In the small groups, a representative from Masimo was always present to answer questions, as well as at least one person from the PMRT team for a problem-free and structured discussion of the device. There were various tasks for the participants to complete: Putting on the Radius VSM, connecting it to the monitor, setting the alarm thresholds and using individual functions.
The first impression, the handling of the device and the clinical requirements were also discussed. After the end of the user testing session, the collected impressions and experiences in handling the Radius VSM were discussed in the plenary session. It could be observed that the different groups followed different approaches and thus set different priorities when evaluating the device (see graph).
However, the vast majority agreed that the dialog between manufacturers of monitoring devices and clinical users provides enormous benefits and should be intensified in the future - especially during the development phase of the devices. Masimo was also satisfied with the input of the participants and would like to take the numerous suggestions into account for the next development steps.
As already explained above the next roundtable will take place on December 13, 2022 (6-8 p.m.). The question for the event is "TeleCare Hotel: The Future of Perioperative Care at Charité?".
Registration is possible here (for organizational reasons, we ask for re-registration even if you have previously attended).
Please note that the event will take place exclusively in presence. In addition, this is the last Roundtable of the year and we would like to end it in a cozy atmosphere. Together with gingerbread and cookies we would like to look back on the past Roundtables and talk about ideas and suggestions for the new year and many upcoming exciting events. Therefore, we would be especially happy to welcome everyone who is able to attend in person.
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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