A recent article by John Morrissey highlighted the use of wireless point-of-care terminals (March 7, p. 94). He featured a recent installation at the West Virginia University Hospitals, and comparisons to CliniCare System were made.
CliniCom has 46 signed customers and has installed the company's CliniCare System at 25 client sites with thousands of CliniView RF (radio frequency) units in use across the country.
We'd like to address some "shortcomings" that Mr. Morrissey pointed out in his article:
CliniCom's Wireless Interactive Network communicates via radio frequency, which has been proven not to interfere with any other medical device. The CliniCare System was designed and tested to interface with most hospital information systems and equipment, including patient monitors, without interference.
The CliniCare System offers clinicians the option of "touch to enter" or free text entry. A small "keyboard" on the screen allows the option of expanding on any information.
The CliniCare System can interface with the hospital's information system and allow admission and discharge information directly from patients' rooms, without requiring the installation of costly radio-transmission cards.
Our CliniView RF portable device also can be used in conjunction with other software packages. CliniCom's recent agreement with HBO & Co. gives clients the opportunity to merge the two systems and also take advantage of the RF device that brings computer functions to the point of care.
Vice president, technology/operations