Heywood Hospital Leverages AOI® to Integrate Patient Monitoring Devices with its ED Information System

Allison KlingsickJetstream Public Relations, Inc.972.788.9456, ext. 303

Accent on Integration (AOI), a leading provider of integration software and medical device connectivity solutions, today announced that Heywood Hospital, a 153-bed facility in Gardner, Mass., has streamlined clinician workflow by leveraging AOI’s Accelero Connect healthcare integration platform to automate how vital signs data is captured and recorded in its emergency department (ED). With Accelero Connect in place, patient data from Philips IntelliVue Patient Monitors is automatically documented in Heywood’s emergency department information system (EDIS), enabling the hospital to enhance patient care and safety in one of its busiest areas.

Accelero Connect has increased Heywood’s data sharing capabilities and revamped ED processes by removing the need for nurses to manually document vital signs data. Additionally, because automation speeds documentation of critical patient data, physicians can now review information in real-time and more quickly prescribe corresponding treatments.

“Due to the frequency in which vital signs data is needed in the ED, having patient monitoring devices interface directly with our EDIS is the best process for documentation and tracking trends in order to provide even higher quality patient care. Our ED staff members, especially the nurses, are thrilled because Accelero Connect has been a driving force in easing workflows,” said Justine DeFronzo, BSN, RN Director of Emergency Services at Heywood Hospital. “AOI provided a very structured and organized implementation approach that kept the project on track, and their integration expertise helped us embrace these new processes. Data-sharing enabled by Accelero Connect has truly made an impact on patient care and safety in our ED.”

AOI designed Accelero Connect to be vendor-, manufacturer- and modality-neutral so it can seamlessly integrate with technology systems and devices an organization already has in place. Additionally, because Accelero Connect is a software-only solution, hospitals are not required to purchase or maintain hardware, which allows them to better utilize IT resources and keep project costs down.

“The fast pace and unique nature of the ED further exemplifies the power of data-sharing and integration technologies and how they contribute to documentation and clinician workflow improvements. As the industry continues to shift toward more patient-centric care, there will be an increasing emphasis on the need for clinicians to have access to pertinent patient data at all times,” said Marc C. Andiel, co-founder and CEO of AOI. “Heywood Hospital is a great example of a facility embracing this shift, and it is extremely rewarding to work with organizations like Heywood that understand how integration unites people, process and technology.”

Accent on Integration (AOI) enables data sharing by interconnecting healthcare organizations’ disparate technology systems and patient care devices using its vendor, manufacturer and modality neutral Accelero Connect integration platform and its portfolio of professional services and consulting. Hospitals and healthcare systems of all sizes, from stand-alone facilities and IDNs to rural and critical access hospitals, as well as HIEs and RHIOs, leverage Accelero Connect to improve patient care by enhancing clinical workflows and eliminating data silos. AOI’s professional services also give customers technical support, including integration consulting, implementation and custom development. AOI’s team of seasoned healthcare professionals is dedicated to uniting people, process and technology with the best, most cost-effective solution to meet each organization’s unique needs. For more information about AOI, please visit .

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