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Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare Embrace Data Visualization Infrastructure

3/18/2020

By M.D Wang with images provided by Advantech

Interview with Li-feng Wang, Director of Information Office, Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare

Introduction

Data visualization is crucial to hospital system architectures because hospitals have massive and complicated data to load every day. Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare improved data management effectiveness and data accuracy by integrating Advantech’s Intelligent Medical Management Systems in the operation rooms and conference rooms.

The volume of data for hospitals is massive compared to other business agencies and governments. Due to this reason, the specification for the data requirements receiving and real time updating is very high. Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare implemented Advantech’s Real Time Location System Solution (RTLS) with the electronic dashboards for nursing stations,  operation preparation rooms, and operation rooms to improve the data management efficiency. In addition, it also implemented Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper Solution to Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare conference rooms to display the conference information.

Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare is one of twenty-six district hospitals that takes care of around 60,000 patients locally. Its eight operation rooms are constantly occupied from 7:00AM to 10:00PM for scheduled operations. Due to the complications of collected data, the importance of data management is a top priority to the hospitals.

Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare analyzes Comprehensive Operation Room Data by Receiving Patient Real-Time Data

Li-Feng Wang, Director of the Information Center of the Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, pointed out that the medical staff in Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare used to record patient and operation information by manually writing on the dashboards. This manual process was prone to human error, and it was inconvenient to update the information. To improve the real time updating and data accuracy, Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare implemented RFID system to transfer patient data from ten years ago. The system can transfer patient data wirelessly through electronic tags on patients’ wristbands, which allowed the patient data to match with operation rooms.

The RFID system improved operation room data management; however, medical technologies progressed rapidly during the ten years. The RFID system has become outdated. In order to stay competitive, Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare evaluated the current systems and decided to implement Advantech’s RTLS in the beginning of 2019. Advantech’s RTLS has been applied to various medical scenarios with positive feedback. Through the connection between Hospital Information System (HIS) and Advantech’s RTLS, it effectively improved the data accuracy of real time updates between operation rooms and nursing stations.

The operation room control system in Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare can be divided into two parts: patient status and operation room data collection. Patient status is continually updated by a built-in RTLS tag embedded in the patient wristbands, which is connected to a Beacon receiver to track the patient locations. The patient locations are then transferred to a back-end platform monitor and recorded. At the same time, the screen outside of the operation room will display the patient data to help patient’s families track patient locations with a clear icon.

The monitors in operation rooms display all the operation data, including operation times, operation divisions, patients’ names, the source of the patient (admission or emergency case), the categories of operations, the methods of surgeries, and the patients’ conditions. This information is displayed clearly while the data operation rooms connects to the HIS system. It allows medical staff to keep track of the surgery status. Li-Feng Wang, a Director in the Information Office, pointed out that the real-time updates and data visualization reduced the data error rate and smoothed the hospital traffic flow.

Experts from Zhong Peng Intelligence and Advantech conducted many meetings with Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare medical staff and information room technicians to understand their requirements to insure Advantech’s RTLS could run smoothly in Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare. Moreover, to help hospital staff transition to the new system, they began to use Advantech’s RTLS while still using a traditional dashboard system before completely switching over to Advantech’s RTLS.

Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare utilized better data management by improving the real time updates from operation rooms, operation schedules, patient status, and medical material management. Zhong Peng Intelligence and Advantech also provided complete system maintenance and fine tuning services to Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare to make sure the system continued to run smoothly month to month.

Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper Solution is Creative and Practical Because of Low Power Consumption and Wireless Data Transfer Features

Besides Advantech’s RTLS, Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare also optimized data visualization by adopting Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper Solution to display conference room meeting information instead of a traditional paper signs. With Advantech’s RTLS, meeting information is displayed digitally and can be controlled remotely. According to Li-Feng Wang, there were various display options in the market, Electronic Paper features low power consumption and does not require a connection to a power supply. This means that content can be displayed while avoiding the cost of power for a LCD display. Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper adopted  Sub1ghz wireless communication technology, which works well at long distances even through thick walls. Moreover, Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper supports remote control by a back-end system, which tracks the locations of all Electronic Paper panels and give the ability to change the contents on each electronic paper remotely.

Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper can also be utilized for other purposes, such as mobile care cars, pharmacy medicine cabinets, and the HIS data synchronization. Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper helped pharmacists and the nurses compare data faster and corrected wrong data while dispensing medicine. Furthermore, Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare also plans to apply Advantech’s LEO Electronic Paper to the hospital guest identification cards to simplify the hospital guest form procedure.