Remote communication from a mobile terminal: An adjunct for a computerized intensive care unit order management system

N. A. Halpern, G. Burnett, S. Morgan, P. Miller, R. Greenstein

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2054-2057
Number of pages4
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Volume23
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • computer network
  • computer terminals
  • high-cost technology
  • intensive care unit
  • local area networks
  • orders, medical orders, physician orders
  • technology

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