This is part of an ongoing rollout of the platform, which will ultimately span all five Inova hospitals, representing more than 825 monitored beds.

Like many hospitals and medical centers today, Inova was facing a multitude of challenges related to effective capture, retention, utilization, and communication of high-value patient data. Inova identified the need for a solution that would integrate bedside monitoring data from telemetry and ICU areas into its EHR. BedMasterEx turned out to be the solution that provided this functionality.

Rebecca Arthur, Manager, Biomedical Information Systems at Inova, said, "What started out as part of our Epic MDI project for improving patient data transfer and storage capabilities quickly expanded to several use cases once we started using the BedMasterEx platform and saw the breadth of what it could do. BedMasterEx also facilitated going paperless in regards to cardiac strips."

The BedMasterEx solution is fully secure, HIPAA-compliant and can be deployed on Windows workstation or with thin client technologies such as Citrix for remote access and management. The platform provides the means for Inova to continue to achieve its goal to "Build a Culture of Safety."

Toward that end, Excel Medical’s software integration with Epic ensures that the right strip is matched to the right patient by eliminating the manual steps for data collection. Electronic maintenance of the cardiac waveforms also means that nurses and clinicians can view patient data throughout the hospital enterprise from available workstations, including computers-on-wheels.

Inova Health System serves a population of more than 2 million regionally. By mid-2016, Inova plans to have full deployment of the BedMasterEx solution throughout all its hospitals, including Inova Alexandria, Inova Fair Oaks, Inova Fairfax, Inova Loudoun, and Inova Mount Vernon hospitals.

"As clinicians and healthcare executives respond to evolving regulatory demands and the need to be more efficient while improving patient care and safety, it’s gratifying that we’re helping to significantly change the dynamics of Inova’s patient data usability and the health system’s overall workflow," said Lance Burton, General Manager of Excel Medical.