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Remote communication from a mobile terminal

An adjunct for a computerized intensive care unit order management system

Halpern, Neil A. MD FCCM; Burnett, Gary BSEE; Morgan, Steven BMT; Miller, Paul BS MBA; Greenstein, Robert MD

Apparatus and Techniques

Objectives  To develop and implement a fully mobile computer terminal that interfaces with our computerized intensive care unit (ICU) local area network and order management system. This system can provide access to the entire network and to order review and entry and during ICU bedside rounds.

Design  Descriptive report.

Setting  Surgical ICU in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

System Configuration  A parallel local area network was configured for the remote mobile computer system. A proprietary remote transmission system (Altair II, Motorola) was used. This high-throughput system minimizes interference and errors by using licensed, nonshared, radiofrequency spectra.

Conclusion  The resulting mobile system is an economical and time-efficient adjunct to an established ICU computerized network and order management system. Clinical working bedside rounds are now routinely conducted with the mobile terminal, providing immediate access to full network resources.

(Crit Care Med 1995; 23:2054-2057)

From the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Service (Drs. Halpern and Greenstein), Biomedical Engineering (Mr. Morgan), Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY; the Department of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr. Halpern); Custom Data System, Kenilworth, NJ (Mr. Burnett); and Altair Product Operations, Motorola, Schaumburg, IL (Mr. Miller).

This study was supported, in part, by institutional departmental funds.

Address requests for reprints to: Neil A. Halpern, MD, VA Medical Center, 130 West Kingsbridge Road, Room 4A-SICU, Bronx, NY 10468.

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