Overview

The backbone for real-time patient monitoring

Through the CARESCAPE™ Network, real-time patient data is captured to create an electronic medical record and provide clinically relevant trended data. Networks that transport patient data, especially real-time data, require meticulous design, thoughtful implementation, and comprehensive commissioning. The GE CARESCAPE Network whether implemented as a segregated network or as an integrated VLAN on the hospital’s infrastructure delivers a robust and expandable platform for Clinical Information Logistics™ today and in the future.

CARESCAPE SiteLink

CARESCAPE SiteLink is a networking capability that allows for remote primary monitoring of patients located at another location, whether it’s across the street or across the state. The primary use of this solution is to centrally monitor patients located at one or more remote sites.

CARESCAPE Sitelink can help you:

  • Provide consistent care One set of monitoring technicians has consistent training
  • Reduce transfers Rather than transferring a patient to a critical care facility, a hospital may be able to retain patients through an affiliation with that facility. The monitoring techs from the critical care facility can monitor these patients.
  • Improving staffing efficiencies Instead of having a monitoring tech at two facilities each monitoring 4 patients, one monitoring tech could potentially monitor all 8 patients from a central location. (Note: GE does not make staffing recommendations, staffing levels need to be determined by each facility and in accordance with any local, state or other guidelines and policies in place for the facility.)

Enterprise VLAN

A current trend in the marketplace is to utilize VLANs to enable one set of switches to handle multiple networks. With a VLAN configuration, the CARESCAPE Network can share the same switches that the hospital uses to operate all of its other devices including laptops and wired VoIP phones.

Some of the advantages of operating the CARESCAPE Network in this configuration include:

  • Simplification The CARESCAPE Network shares existing switches the hospital has installed. Further, IT training can be minimized to a single set of switches and routers.
  • Resource sharing The CARESCAPE Network and Enterprise network share access points for wireless communication, servers for SNMP, DHCP and NTP services and WAN connections for cross-geography data transfers.
  • Networking management One network for all devices can help simplify the overall IT/IS management of the network.

CARESCAPE Enterprise Access

CARESCAPE Enterprise Access is a sophisticated antenna system supporting wireless services including WLAN, Voice over WLAN, cellular, two-way paging and WMTS. Because CARESCAPE Enterprise Access can manage multiple wireless services, you stay connected to the people and information you need to help you improve clinical decisions.

CARESCAPE Enterprise Access allows you to bring your entire portfolio of wireless services together on one comprehensive infrastructure. Now you can support real-time wireless monitoring and alarm notification for continuous patient surveillance, while simultaneously delivering clinical intelligence enterprise-wide.

Segregated network

The CARESCAPE Network offers flexible and secure network options. The experienced and professional Network Design and Integration (ND&I) team can provide comprehensive turnkey or customer-assisted installations.

In a segregated configuration, the CARESCAPE Network is physically separate from the hospital’s Enterprise network; it operates on its own switches and Ethernet cabling.

The configuration may help improve:

  • Uptime A segregated CARESCAPE Network generally helps support high levels of uptime. Since the network operates on its own equipment, other types of enterprise data cannot interrupt the CARESCAPE Network. Routine IT/IS improvements, maintenance and upgrades of the Enterprise network do not affect the CARESCAPE Network.
  • Performance The segregated infrastructure helps deliver uniform performance because it does not share bandwidth with other enterprise data streams.
  • Security Segregated networks cannot be compromised from other enterprise data VLANs.

Benefits

The CARESCAPE Network is an Ethernet-based network that connects GE patient monitoring equipment and servers together. It handles real-time, life-critical patient data, as well as enterprise data to deliver comprehensive networking functionality to hospitals.

With the CARESCAPE Network and the proper products attached to it, customers can:

  • Centrally monitor: Networking allows nurses or monitoring techs to monitor patients from a central location on that floor within the hospital or across the city
  • Bed-to-Bed viewing: With a network, a nurse at one patient monitor can view the status of a patient admitted to another monitor on the network
  • Share data: Data transferred through the network can have a number of destinations for other uses including populating an EMR via HL7®, wirelessly sending waveform data to a Tablet PC or cell phone, and automatically sending 12-Leads to a MUSE® system for immediate analysis.

Technology

The CARESCAPE Network is one of the most comprehensive, real-time patient data networks available today. It conveniently integrates all patient-critical real-time data throughout the enterprise to support informed decision-making. 

  • Ethernet-based and IP-based: Its original architecture is based on one of the most pervasive networking standards in computing to help ensure compatibility and ease of integration with other networks.
  • Peer-to-Peer: The CARESCAPE Network does not rely on a central server for data about other servers and monitors. Since each device discovers other devices on the network a single server cannot bring the whole network down, helping to improve the network reliability
  • Redundancy: Because it is based on Ethernet and utilizes standard network switches, the CARESCAPE Network can be setup in a redundant configuration to help increase uptime.
  • QoS: Patient critical data can be given priority over other types of enterprise data.