May 17, 2020

TOP 10: Health Tech Dangers to Watch Out For in 2015

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While health information technology serves multiple benefits, when improperly used, it can pose serious hazards for patient safety.
As the world of health care technology grows, so do the dangers that come with it. Clinical alarm hazards, inadequate EHR systems and complications in r...

As the world of health care technology grows, so do the dangers that come with it. Clinical alarm hazards, inadequate EHR systems and complications in robotic surgery are just a few of the potential dangers that hospitals and health systems should watch out for in 2015.

10. Inadequate Alarm Hazard Configuration Policies and Practices

When caregivers become overwhelmed by constant alarms, they experience what is known as “alarm fatigue.” This can be a serious problem, however, as just one alarm could mean the difference between saving a life.

Most alarm-related adverse events can often be traced back to inappropriate alarm configuration policies and practices.

9. Inaccurate/Missing Data in EHRs and Health IT Systems

EHRs provide the information clinicians need for making appropriate treatment decisions, but when errors exist, it can lead to incorrect treatment decisions and patient harm.

Patient/data mismatches, outdated information and clock synchronization errors between different devices and systems are things health providers should be wary of.

8. IV Line Mix-Ups

There are a number of ways that IV solutions can be administered to the wrong site or at the wrong rate. For instance, the infusion line could be connected to the wrong fluid container or the wrong pump channel, or the patient end of the infusion line could be connected to the wrong administration site.

An additional factor that can add confusion is the fact that smartpumps are unable to tell one line from another.

7. Inadequate Processing of Endoscopes and Surgical Instruments

Factors that can contribute to the improper cleaning of instruments include the intricacy of the instruments, incomplete or lengthy manufacturer instructions for cleaning, time pressures placed on reprocessing staff and insufficiently trained personnel.

6. Missed Alarms Causing Ventilator Disconnections

Ventilators incorporate sensors and alarms to warn caregivers when a disconnection occurs, but to be effective, alarms must be set to appropriate levels and must be heard when they sound.

5. Patient-Handling Device Use Errors and Failures

Patient-handling technologies are available to reduce the risk of staff and patient injury, but improper use of these devices along with failure to maintain them properly (or failures associated with the devices themselves) can result in injuries.

4. Unnoticed Variations in Diagnostic Radiation Exposures

With imaging technology that uses ionizing radiation, exposures to higher doses are associated with greater risks to the patient. Standard practice specifies that technologists use a dose that is “as low as reasonably achievable to acquire the desired diagnostic information.”

Radiation doses should be neither higher nor lower than is necessary to obtain a diagnostic-quality image.

3. Complications in Robotic Surgery

 Complications in robotic surgeries have mainly occurred due to insufficient training. Factors such as the need to reposition team members or equipment to accommodate the size of the robot; the repositioning of the patient or accidental movement of the OR table during the procedure; and lapses in common safety practices and team communication all apply.

Facilities with such systems in place need to provide appropriate training, detailed credentialing and ongoing surgical team competency assessments to minimize patient risk.

2. Insufficient Protection for Medical Devices and Systems

While the trend towards networking and connectivity of medical devices grows, so does the vulnerability of such devices. Cyber security is a patient safety consideration that will require increases attention in the coming years.

1. Overwhelmed Recall and Safety Alert Management Programs

Various problems can occur with medical devices, ranging from lower-priority issues to potentially life-threatening ones. Problems can results in the issuance of recalls or safety notices from the manufacturer or safety alerts from organizations like FDA or ECRI Institute. Notices from these organizations are meant to inform facilities about identified problems before additional incidents occur.

Health care facilities must respond appropriately to such alerts to avoid preventable injury.

Sourced from ECRI Institute. 

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

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OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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