How HP Can Improve Patient Flow and Bed Management in Hospitals

By medGadget

A Q&A with Matt Meservey, the senior product manager for Central Logic, a Web-based bed management system bundled with HP goods.

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Last month HP announced that Central Logic Core, a Web-based bed management system developed by Utah-based company Central Logic, Inc., will be integrated and sold exclusively with HP hardware, including HP Z Workstations and HP touchscreen monitors, to help hospitals "optimize patient care by providing real-time end-to-end patient flow information." Medgadget had a chance to ask Central Logic's senior product manager Matt Meservey a few questions about the system and the new partnership:

Can you tell us how hospitals might benefit from HP Z600 Workstations integrated with Central Logic Core Web-based patient management system?

Hospitals will benefit greatly from the HPZ600 Workstations and Central Logic Core by using Parallels Virtualization technology to virtualize their Bed Management infrastructure. The Z600 is a powerful and flexible system that allows hospitals to run the right virtual machines to support their infrastructure. The HPZ600 and Parallels virtualization also gives hospital facilities the flexibility they need to scale up by adding resources to their application, or to protect themselves against problems by having a backup infrastructure in place ready to continue operating in event of an error or scheduled hardware upgrade.

What kinds of hospitals might use HP Z600 Workstations with Central Logic Core? Do you think smaller, community hospitals need such an advanced management system?

Most hospitals from small community hospitals or clinics to large, multiple-building or campus health systems would benefit from the HPZ600 Workstations running Central Logic Core Bed Management Solution. The Z600 is a cost-effective and reliable system that can use Parallels Virtual infrastructure to run one or many virtual machines to support operations in multiple types of health care facilities, from the small to the very large installation.

How does HP's touchscreen technology help operate the system? Does the software require touchscreens?

Central Logic Core is about managing the fixed Hospital Bed Asset in the facility. Core delivers information about that bed to the different people responsible for maximizing it's efficiency in the patient flow process. The faster and easier it is for clinicians to get information about that bed, the quicker the process moves along and the better patient care is. HP touchscreen technology allows clinical staff to rapidly interact with the system and get data about the bed and make decisions and move the Bed Management process along. Getting data to clinical staff and allowing them to rapidly make changes to the system, cuts the amount of time staff spends traveling to look for data and reduces "work queuing," which stops processes while clinical staff holds onto data about a specific bed or unit. While HP's digital signage is not necessary to manage beds using Central Logic Core, HP's Touch Screen Digital Signs will allow a very rapid return on investment and improve the overall efficiency of the system, improve your levels of care and ultimately allow a health care system to more effectively move patients through the system.

What size touchscreens do you find that clinics are choosing to incorporate into their workflow?

Clinics have the option to integrate three sizes of touchscreen into their flow: the 47″ touch enabled digital signage to replace their current White Board Bedboards, to get a rapid view of the facility, bed status, assigned staff and patient status. And 24″ touchscreen 9300 all-in-ones offer a more compact, workstation based interface to rapidly make changes to the system as clinical staff moves from task to task. Some clinics and hospitals will also chose to implement 9″ HP Slate 200 Touch Screens to run the EVS or Transport wordlists in a mobile environment to quickly and rapidly view and respond to requests to clean rooms or transport patients.


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