Technology & Inventions
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

d2i provides cloud-based performance dashboards, key metric analytics, and peer benchmarks for emergency departments. Its clients use out-of–the-box solutions to monitor and benchmark every aspect of their emergency department, including incremental patient and service turnaround times, productivity, practice variation, satisfaction, quality measures, and risk.

The company also offers a data clearinghouse subscription service. The critical success factor for both services is getting data from hospital EMRs and then processing the data using the analytics platform, cleaning it, normalizing it, and integrating it into other data sources like patient satisfaction and clinicians' work hours. The d2i Performance Dashboard clients access their solution from any internet-connected device, and data clearinghouse clients receive files that they can consume with their enterprise Business Intelligence solutions.

Having data in a data warehouse is just the first step in any journey to deliver a Business Intelligence solution. This transforms data into actionable information and makes it available so it can be used to create value.

d2i also collects detailed, transaction-level clinical and operation EMR data from more than 130 hospitals. They have added more than 3.2 million unique ED patient visits to its data warehouse over the past 12 months, and are adding around 300,000 every month. The company's data warehouse will surpass 10 million unique ED patient visits sometime this year.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


TAPSemr, an electronic physician documentation system designed specifically for the emergency department, was created by emergency physicians frustrated with current EMR systems that they said are adequate for some specialties but are impractical in the ED.

TAPSemr uses tablets that the company provides to users. Each tablet has handwriting recognition, an electronic pen, dual batteries for hot swapping, rubber casing to reduce heat, a suspended hard drive to withstand falls, splash resistance, and a quick release dock for charging and using as a desktop computer. The system is portable and does not require the use of a mouse.

The tablets require no computer skills and virtually no training. The TAPSemr interface eliminates all navigation techniques; physicians simply tap and slash words with the electronic pen, and charting is automatically completed. The system provides specific emergency medicine content that is easily accessible. Physicians can choose what to use from panels contained within words on the screen, allowing for information to be organized in a logical and accessible way, like the roots of a tree.

TAPSemr also provides an easy-to-use tracking board that allows physicians to toggle between patients, and the tracking board can notify users of each patient's progress, letting you know when x-rays and labs are back. The system is endorsed by Scribe America, with which TAPSemr collaborated to make the program scribe-friendly. Physicians and scribes can also share patient charting in real time.

TAPSemr can be deployed as an add-on physician documentation module to current EMRs. It can input patient registration information, autopopulate labs, and export final documents into the hospital medical record library. It can also be used as a standalone product for paper-based departments.

TAPSemr provides a website interface for the ED's billing company and allows chart-viewing in real time, even as they are being built. The final document is displayed in a format that is easy to code, and physicians are alerted for potential missing documentation before they sign. ED directors can also use this interface to track physician charting and generate reports such as daily logs and 72-hour return visits.

Contact TAPSemr about entry pricing and annual subscription fees based on patient volume at (888)840-6398 and read more at

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pulsara, a digital health care communication and care coordination company, aims to improve the lives of patients and caregivers through innovative communication. The platform leverages mobile technology to get all care team members on the same page, eliminating the frustrations and communication errors that come with EMS radio reports, fax machines, email, pagers, non-HIPAA-compliant texts, and incorrect call lists.

Pulsara is complex behind the scenes, but all health care providers need is a simple app on their Android or iOS device; EMS can also use a web browser to access it. Pulsara currently has STEMI and stroke packages available for EMS and hospital use as well as a recently released general patient feature, which allows EMS to alert the hospital for any case type and is currently offered at no cost to EMS and hospitals that sign up before April 2017.

Using the platform, a paramedic in the field who recognizes a stroke, STEMI, or other time-sensitive emergencies can tap a button on her phone to notify everyone on the hospital team that an ambulance is on its way with that patient. Each time the paramedic enters more information, such as the patient's medical history and vital signs, Pulsara instantly updates every member of the team. EMS and hospital teams can then communicate key information, see real-time benchmarks based on a universal clock, and send instant feedback and secure chat messages to all team members with a tap.

Pulsara's data collection and reporting capabilities also provide coordinators and administrators with a CQI tool that saves their time, the care team's time, and most importantly, the patient's time. The platform uses fully secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud technology to unite the members of the care team.

Pulsara is currently implemented in 11 states and Australia, and has demonstrated a 10 to 46 percent reduction in treatment times for STEMI and stroke patients, according to the company.

Read more about Pulsara at

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

​The American Medical Association selected Twiage as the winner of its Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge, a nationwide competition for physician-led medical technology innovations. Twiage, a smartphone app, allows emergency medical services personnel to send patient demographics, vital signs, ECGs, photos, and videos to hospital emergency departments in real-time. Twiage founder YiDing Yu, MD, said failures in communication lead to delays in emergency departments, which in turn result in $2.1 billion in excess costs to health systems each year. She said Twiage addresses a need to accelerate and streamline life-saving care by saving five to eight minutes per patient.

The Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge in its inaugural year drew more than 100 submissions from physicians, residents, medical students, and hospitals. Submissions could be viewed online where stakeholders had the opportunity to review them and provide feedback. This forum for discussion generated close to 16,000 interactions. The top three winners were awarded $50,000, with Twiage receiving $25,000. Second place and $15,000 went to Light Line Catheter, a device that uses blue light to reduce catheter-associated infections, while Ceeable, a visual field test smartphone app, was awarded third place and $10,000. Learn more about Twiage at

Monday, January 4, 2016



ProDrone Technology released the Byrd, the latest product in its portfolio of unmanned aerial vehicles.


The portable consumer drone collapses to the size of an iPad, and may be useful for emergency responders through its small payload attachment that can drop medicine or a GPS once a person is found. The Byrd, named after American aviator Richard E. Byrd, also has a 30 percent longer battery life than others within the same category, and supports several different combinations, including a 4k camera, 1080P camera, infrared camera, and GoPro.


Complete portability and a true customer focused personality separates the device from other consumer unmanned aerial vehicles on the market, according to a company FAQ.


“The ProDrone Byrd really is an essential product that can enrich one's life experience and open up a whole new range of interesting possibilities. The true differentiators are the collapsible capability, swappable gimbal/camera options and social sharing that comes with the dual controllers, and screen sharing,” according to the company’s FAQ.


Byrd’s maximum take-off weight is 3.8 kg and can fly for nearly a half-hour, and costs anywhere between $800 and $3,000 depending on the consumer’s package choice. For more info, visit