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TELEMATICS FOR ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE THERAPY

Objective

TANIT II is pursuing the development of information technologies (IT) for high quality cost-effective critical treatment in anaesthesia and intensive care. The project will focus on user-friendly systems which support care management, effective decision-making, daily professional routines and cooperation between other hospital departments, etc. Appropriate transfer and security standards will be used. Automatic clinical audit and resource-use data for management support will also be available. Project specifications will evolve in line with user needs.

Three key questions drive the market for information systems in the departments for anaesthesia and intensive care:

1. How can telematics be used for improving information management within the Critical Care environment and allow appropriate and secure communication between these departments and the rest of the hospital and healthcare community (e.g. Health Care Record)?

2. How can the quality of the therapeutic process be improved and assured?

3. How can the costs in the critical care departments be determined and controlled?

The long-term and overall objectives in respect to these key questions are: design, implement and evaluate I.T. systems for Critical Care departments, with emphasis on Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, that: provide comprehensive support for patient care and enable effective decision making; integrate into daily routine of healthcare professionals and support co-operative work; communicate with hospital/community computers using appropriate transfer and security standards; provide automatic clinical audit and resource use data to support management; are flexible, configurable and have longevity.

In the 18-month effort of TANIT II, users will update their needs and based on these specifications will be made. According the specifications, the demonstrators will be somewhat extended. The clinical information system Sub-Pilots will be subjected to clinical trials to validate their design, interoperability, robustness, features, user friendliness, acceptance. The trials will be held in hospitals across Europe (UK, BE, DE, ES and NL). Simultaneously, effort will be given to the definition of still-missing functions of the final demonstrators that will possess complete clinical and management support components and will be interoperable with other hospital departments and the healthcare community. The consortium will seek to further standardisation in co-operation with the European Standardisation Organisation,CEN/TC 251 and more specifically in the field of medical device communication with the proposed project team in on medical device interoperability and with the Health Care Telematics project AORTICS.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Kontron Instruments Ltd
Address
Croxley Business Park Blackmoor Lane
WD1 8XQ Watford
United Kingdom

Participants (1)

DRDGERWERK AG
Germany
Address
53/55,Moislinger Allee
23542 Lubeck