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Development, integration and operation of mobile, Android-based medical devices in hospitals: Experiences from the GlucoTab® system

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257273,
        author={Stephan Spat and Kevin Theuermann and Bernhard H\o{}ll and Peter Beck and Thomas Pieber},
        title={Development, integration and operation of mobile,  Android-based medical devices in hospitals:  Experiences from the GlucoTab® system},
        proceedings={4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2014},
        month={12},
        keywords={mobile clinical decision support diabetes mellitus type 2 hospital ward medical device},
        doi={10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257273}
    }
    
  • Stephan Spat
    Kevin Theuermann
    Bernhard Höll
    Peter Beck
    Thomas Pieber
    Year: 2014
    Development, integration and operation of mobile, Android-based medical devices in hospitals: Experiences from the GlucoTab® system
    MOBIHEALTH
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257273
Stephan Spat1,*, Kevin Theuermann1, Bernhard Höll1, Peter Beck1, Thomas Pieber2
  • 1: HEALTH - Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Graz, Austria
  • 2: HEALTH - Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Graz, Austria and Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
*Contact email: stephan.spat@joanneum.at

Abstract

The use of mobile applications is increasing in the hospitals. Besides numerous advantages such as time- and location independent view of examination results, documentation of therapy at the patient site, point of care workflow and decision support, such smartphone- or tablet-based mobile systems pose challenges to system manufacturers and hospital-IT operators. In this paper we present our experiences on managing mobile, Android-based medical devices in hospitals based on the GlucoTab®. GlucoTab® is a client-server system using a Google Android-based tablet as a frontend device for diabetes workflow and insulin decision support in hospitals. We analysed the hospital IT-infrastructure for mobile devices in eight different hospitals and based on recent published reports. Based on this analysis we developed suggestions on how to handle typical administrative issues like domain integration, software inventory and distribution or user management. Depending on the integration prerequisites of hospitals we finally provided five different integration scenarios for the GlucoTab® system.