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 ​​Virtual Patient Observation

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Dimension Data provides converged video surveillance solutions from Cisco that are effective and beneficial tools to positively impact hospital operations and assure patient quality of care. The rapidly deployable and flexible systems architectures allow healthcare organizations and providers add operational efficiencies, enforce policies, and simultaneously improve the care of at-risk patients.

Dimension Data Healthcare Identifies the Challenge
Healthcare Organizations of all sizes are charged with care of a significant patient population, a number of who require 24/7 observation. Institutions are therefore compelled to leverage readily reliable and commercially available tools to address these criteria.​

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Dimension Data Provides the Solution

Cisco's video surveillance management platform with high definition IP cameras offers high availability server and storage architecture and secure support for a wide variety of devices and related systems to integrate into the existing IT Infrastructure. Complete integration of the Virtual Patient Observation solution into wireless and collaborative communications systems promotes ease of use, rapid adoption, and adds value and benefits to existing systems. Healthcare facilities that have a Cisco Medical-Grade Network already have the necessary capabilities to support the Virtual Patient observation solution.

 
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​​Virtual Patient Observation Solution Advantages​​​​

These solutions reduce overhead by eliminating the majority of the facility’s one-on-one bedside observation staff. The flexible deployment options promote monitoring stations located throughout the medical center where staff can observe multiple patients simultaneously. Leveraging the Mobile Nursing Observation Station, MONA, you can enable point in time locations throughout the facility. ​​​​

Advanced Features​​
Healthcare facilities can optionally enable the built-in motion detector on the Cisco cameras. Alerts sent to the console give operations center staff yet another indication that a patient may be attempting to get out of bed without assistance. And although motion alerts do not replace visual monitoring, they give trained staff an additional cue that a situation may require intervention.​​

​​Another option is to use video analytics software that detects loitering to alert personnel in the operations center when a patient moves out of defined area. Facilities can also integrate the Virtual Patient Observation solution with tripwires or bed sensors, sending an alert to the dispatch console when these sensors are activated.

Hospitals can also use the solution in conjunction with the existing Nurse Call systems. Staff in the operations center can touch a button on the nurse-call console in the operations center to activate the appropriate color for the over-door lighting, alerting caregivers near the patient that the patient needs assistance.​

 

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