Sphere Medical has announced that its Proxima patient-dedicated blood gas analysis system can now be connected into the Conworx family of laboratory information system interfaces and data management solutions.
This is a significant development since it ensures the seamless transfer of blood gas and electrolyte test results from Proxima directly into laboratory information systems and electronic patient records - a key requirement for the successful implementation of Point of Care (POC) testing.
With the availability of the new software drivers, users will be able to directly import all diagnostics data from Proxima at the patient’s bedside into Conworx’s POCcelerator, UniPOC middleware data management products. In addition, the new interface will allow direct connectivity into CliniSys laboratory information management systems (LIMS) through the CliniSys PoCT Solutions interface.
Both Conworx and CliniSys software solutions are widely used in hospitals internationally, ensuring that data transfer from this novel blood gas analyser can be easily implemented, and its use and performance also readily monitored remotely. Conworx’s middleware solutions provide connectivity, management and integration for more than 150 different POCT device types, as well as all relevant information and patient record systems. The Conworx customer base includes 1,800 hospitals in 25 countries.
CliniSys software systems are used in over 2,500 laboratories in 35 countries. Moreover, CliniSys products are utilised in 40% of NHS Trusts in England and Scotland, with a further significant presence in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain.
Sphere Medical chief executive, Wolfgang Rencken, said: “This presents a huge step forward into integrating data from Proxima into laboratory information systems and electronic patient records. Partnering with Conworx allows our customers to use one middleware solution for all of their POC connectivity needs and greatly simplifies the implementation of Proxima within the hospital.”
Conworx chief executive, Roman Rosenkranz, added: “We are delighted to be able to offer the first interface to an ex-vivo analyser, which provides a seamless connection from the patient right through to the laboratory information system.”
The CE-marked Proxima supports proactive patient care, particularly at critical times, since it enables rapid and frequent blood gas and electrolyte measurements without the clinician leaving the patient. This is possible as the Proxima sensor is a miniaturised version of a blood gas analyser that is integrated directly into the patient’s arterial line, meaning that all blood analysed is returned to the patient. Operated using a dedicated bedside monitor with touch screen interface; simple, clear routines guide the user through operating the Proxima system. Patient results are then displayed on this monitor, as well as seamlessly transferred for permanent record within information management systems.