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Development of a mobile HIS/PACS workstation to assist critical cardiac patients in an intensive care unit
Author(s): Marco A. Gutierrez; Idagene A. Cestari; Gina Hamamoto; Simão Bacht; Marina S. Rebelo; João E. M. M. Silva; Silvia G. Lage
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Paper Abstract

The current study describes the experience in the implementation of a mobile HIS/PACS workstation to assist critical cardiac patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Recently, mobile devices connected to a WiFi network were incorporated to the Hospital information System, providing the same functionalities of common desktop counterpart. However, the use of commercially devices like PDAs and Pocket PCs presented a series of problems that are more emphasized in the ICUs 1) low autonomy of the batteries, which need constant recharges; 2) low robustness of the devices; 3) insufficient display area to show medical images and vital signals; 4) data entry remains a major problem and imposes an extra time consumption to the staff; 5) high cost when fully equipped with WiFi connection, optical reader to access bar codes and memory. To address theses problems we developed a mobile workstation (MedKart) that provides access the HIS and PACS systems, with all resources and an ergonomic and practical design to be used by physicians and nurses inside the ICU. The system fulfills the requirements to assist, in the point-of-care, critical cardiac patients in Intensive Care Units.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6919, Medical Imaging 2008: PACS and Imaging Informatics, 691915 (13 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.770565
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Marco A. Gutierrez, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Idagene A. Cestari, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Gina Hamamoto, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Simão Bacht, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Marina S. Rebelo, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
João E. M. M. Silva, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Silvia G. Lage, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6919:
Medical Imaging 2008: PACS and Imaging Informatics
Katherine P. Andriole; Khan M. Siddiqui, Editor(s)

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