Leading-edge clinical HP equipment turns The Valley Hospital into patient-centred facility

Palo Alto 21 December 1998 The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, has signed a major contract with Hewlett-Packard Company. HP's Medical Products Group will deliver 98 HP Viridia CMS series patient monitoring systems as well as 14 HP Viridia 24 series monitoring systems to this 400-bed health care facility. The substantial purchase fits into a new construction project to expand the hospital's existing CareVue installation and also integrate Device Link, HP's device interfacing tool. In addition, the various departments will be able to exchange patient data via HP's Remote Link.

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The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, has signed a major contract with Hewlett-Packard Company. HP's Medical Products Group will deliver 98 HP Viridia CMS series patient monitoring systems as well as 14 HP Viridia 24 series monitoring systems to this 400-bed health care facility. The substantial purchase fits into a new construction project to expand the hospital's existing CareVue installation and also integrate Device Link, HP's device interfacing tool. In addition, the various departments will be able to exchange patient data via HP's Remote Link.

The Viridia Patient Care System provides clinicians with a total solution for patient information needs. The CMS series enables the health care professional to monitor all changes in the physical condition of each individual patient throughout the entire continuum of care. The system will be installed in the intensive- and critical-care units, the cardiac operating theatre and cardiac surgical recovery rooms of The Valley Hospital as well as in the labour-and-delivery procedure department. As a portable variant of the Viridia CMS, the Viridia 24 series in turn offers comparable performance and reliability in an economical package, which allows flexible adaptation to the specific protocol requirements in every single care unit.

Via the Viridia Information Centers, physicians and nurses can interchange clinical records between the different hospital departments through a system of patient data servers. In this manner, the patient is likely to experience an improved quality of care since the data-management and review capabilities of the clinical workstation are coupled to the benefits of a central monitoring system. The implementation of HP's client/server based Remote Link will enhance the clinic's productivity even more by supplying immediate access to the required patient data from nearly any remote location. Checking out waveforms and vital signs of a particular patient over the hospital's local or wide area network, using a standard laptop or desktop PC will constitute no problem for the doctor.

The Valley Hospital will also extend its current CareVue clinical information system. This type of installation is extremely suitable to support medical decision taking by a team of physicians. CareVue delivers full reports based on the gathering of all essential patient data, in order to allow the caregivers to cooperate in complex cases. As a result, the patient receives integrated treatment with increased chances for a positive outcome.

Device Link forms a supplementary aid for continuous quality improvement. This open system interfacing solution, based on official standards, provides a seamless and automatic input of patient information, acquired from bedside devices, into the clinical information system. While clinical documentation, analysis and reporting can be updated with greater accuracy, Device Link enables the nursing staff to pay far more time and attention to the patient. As such, the $5.1 million deal between HP and The Valley Hospital seems to offer the best of both worlds for both patient and caretaker.


Leslie Versweyveld

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