The New PDM & Your Patient Records

By Kate

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When I was still living in America, I didn’t have to think about my patient records because my doctor administered my tests onsite and her admin staff filed them there.  In France things are different in that you only get your consultation at the doctor’s office.  For example, for bloodwork I must make an appointment at the independent bloodwork lab (a few blocks away), go for my test, and dutifully bring the test results back to my doctor for evaluation.  No centralization, lots of legwork.

So when I learned about our partnership with echoBase for centralized patient records on the iPhone and iPad, I got excited.  Wouldn’t that be cool if little ole me in France could tote around my patient records on my iPhone and share them with my doctor electronically!?

I think I’ll have to wait, but you folks living in America have some geeky goodness in store for you when it comes to your patient records and what I call The New PDM: Patient Data Management.

For the record (ha ha), PDM also refers to Product Data Management (aka ENOVIA software).

Unlike for American healthcare patients, American healthcare providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.) must wrangle with your patient records and data lodged in different systems and places.

To get the story on how the same data federation and security capabilities being used by the Department of Defense will be used for your patient records, please read the press release.

Meanwhile, I wanted to ask a few questions to the folks at echoBase about The New PDM.    VP of Sales and Marketing Rod Miller kindly agreed to answer them.

And now over to Rod!

Q1. How close are you in the US to having 100% patient data managed by one federating system? What will it take to get there?

RM: We are there now with our architecture based on the ENOVIA platform.  We have the database schema ready for 100% of patient data including any data format.  ENOVIA is one of the premier products for managing dissimilar data types and applying role-based security.  In order to get there we are actively pursuing hospitals to implement this today.

Q2. Will the iPhone and iPad replace desktop computers in hospitals and medical practices?

ipad_resonate_imaging_print-sizedRM: Not totally at first, but I have been in the information technology for 38 years and everything continues to get smaller and more powerful.  Over the next 3 – 5 years, the need for desktop and laptop PCs will be very limited.  The smart phones and workstations like the iPad are much more flexible and easier to use than the traditional keyboard mouse methods of interacting with the computer.  Mobility and security are the keys to the next generation of healthcare applications.

Q3. Your application photo shows the image of an x-ray. What other types of exam results will be accessible from Resonate? Any plans for 3D imagery?

RM: Resonate, utilizing the ENOVIA platform, has the capabilities to store virtually any data format.  ENOVIA is utilized everyday to manage all types of data formats in the engineering and manufacturing industries, dissimilar data management is a hallmark of ENOVIA.

Regarding plans for 3D imagery, we have had conversations with Dassault development on the subject of utilizing 3DVIA to view MRI and other 3D data.  echoBase is very interested in further discussions on this.

Q4. What’s the future of Patient Data Management?

photo1RM: Patient Data Management (PDM) will become the prevailing healthcare data architecture in a very short time.  Manufacturing and engineering have been utilizing PDM (Product Data Management) architectures to communicate dissimilar data types between dissimilar systems to individual engineers for decades.  In healthcare, we need to provide the same type of architecture to enable a single user interface for doctors.  Beyond this the reasons PDM will be the prevailing healthcare architecture are simple:

  • The number of different healthcare back office systems that are in existence (355+) today. Many hospitals have multiple systems installed and they were not designed to communicate with each other.  In order to connect to regional and nationwide health information exchanges, the hospitals will want a single interface to all outside entities that can be securely controlled.  Without a PDM system that federates the data between their multiple systems and gives them a consistent level of security, each back office system will need to be modified to do things that were not originally expected.

  • The amount of money that is being invested into new, best of breed healthcare applications. All the new money flowing into healthcare information systems is encouraging many new startup software companies to make the newest, latest, best of breed application that will solve a specific need.  As hospitals are exposed to these new applications, they are going to want to implement them.  Most of these new applications will rely on patient medical records to perform their “magic”.  Without a PDM system that provides a single secure access to the patient charts, any new application must be interfaced to all individual, existing back office systems.  With a PDM system, there is one interface to all the patient’s chart data, making it simpler and less expensive for the IT department to implement.

  • Constant doctor training when upgrading back office systems. Doctors are not clerks, they don’t like to preform all the clerical tasks required.  They especially do not like to be retrained every time a back office system is upgraded.  With a PDM system, the doctor has a single view of all the patient chart information regardless of which or how many back office systems hold the data.  Back office systems can be upgraded and the doctor’s user interface remains unchanged, reducing the need for constant retraining.

  • High availability.  Resonate synchronizes the patient charts as they are available with the back office systems.  Resonate provides the doctor a single user interface to the total patient chart without having to rely on the back office system(s) to be available.  With the acceptance of encrypted patient records on mobile devices, the doctors and other healthcare providers could have data available 100% of the time with or without a network connection.  This is very important in healthcare environments where instant, 100% available data is a requirement.

Many thanks Rod; I look forward to following this!

So all you healthcare patients and providers– what do you think about this?

Best,

Kate

Video Picks from Tom Dixon’s Virtual Milan Show

By Kate

I thought it was too late to talk about Virtual Milan and Tom Dixon again, but then I saw these videos and said . . .nah, you deserve to see them!

The first was produced by Australian Emma Elizabeth Designs.  Check out her interview with Tom, Fred and one of Tom’s artisan furniture makers.

Nice music huh?

The second is a fly through of Tom’s stand and his visitors’ interactions with the 3D experience.

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I may like this fashion music better. Nice drums.

Like I mentioned in my last Tom Dixon post, Tom creates all of his models in SolidWorks.  He mentioned in the Emma Elizabeth video that he’s cutting out the big producers and “just getting on with it” on his own.  A do-it-yourself guy!  Any correlation with designing his models in 3D I wonder?

Tom, are you out there?  We’d love your feedback if you get a chance.  In any case, bravo 3D Tom!
Best,

Kate

Touch To Visit Our History

By Michael

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If you come to the entrance hall on Dassault Systèmes Campus in Vélizy, you’ll find a 65” screen which displays objects on a time axis.

Most people who wait there to be picked up for their appointment or those who simply spare a minute approach the screen and touch the surface – which reminds me a bit of the opening scene in Odysee 2001 of Stanly Kubrick, where the apes approach the black monolith.

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Click to watch the video trailer

But back to the subject! I wondered what incites the visitors. Curiosity at first, but then they seem to look for a kind of communication feedback from the machine:  “When I touch this … what do I get?” … “Wow, it reacts to my fingers’ movements … to my whole hand”

By playing, navigating and discovering the objects on the screen it naturally becomes obvious that the installation represents a timeline with DS history from 1981 onwards, with important events and achievements all along the way until today.

This Timeline application hosts photos, videos, documents, sounds to be browsed and positioned along time marks, and to be played with in a very sensual way. It seems that by this immersive interaction the visitor gains interest and starts to develop a positive relationship with the content displayed.

Watch for yourself how this comes about:

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There is a whole science behind the psychology of motivating and reassuring users to work with technical systems. I was personally involved in a consulting activity to help application developers to optimize their work by improving what is called Software Ergonomics or Human-Computer-Interaction in a broader sense, i.e. the user experience when interacting with a computer system.

Traditionally this communication is achieved via input/output devices and screens. With recent technology advancement we can add immersive interaction possibilities while using fingers, hands and the whole body, and while at the same time getting sensorial feedback.  Taken to the extreme, the user becomes an actor – a part of the machine … just look at this previous post on 3D Perspectives for a high-end example of user/system/application-interaction.

The most important point from this is that user experience is the ultimate criteria to measure ergonomic quality.

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The Timeline application has been built for us by the “touch agency” Tactineo using state-of-the-art touch screen technology from nextwindow with a special focus to optimize the user experience to comply with a “zero training” requirement, i.e. achieving something which is totally intuitive for visitors of all type. Therefore the application appears to be simple - which is the ultimate purpose.

However, achieving the highest level of ease-of-use is hard work for the application developers. Also, the perception of good user ergonomics requires top technical performance of hardware components and drivers, i.e. reaction times of the object to user manipulations needs to be immediate without any noticeable delay.

As soon as the user feels “in control” motivation kicks in to do more … to explore all of the content, play with objects … do something crazy (yet, no crash allowed in this scenario).

Ergonomics is so important for user acceptance and thus for the success of a technical application. And the user decision is immediate - concluded within the first manipulations.

Either “like it” or “hate it” … think about it.

Have a good week!

Michael



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