Overview

A communication bridge between peripheral devices and the CARESCAPE Network

The Unity Network Interface Device (ID) provides cost effective connectivity of supported stand-alone devices to the CARESCAPE Network. Data from peripheral devices is integrated with GE Healthcare patient monitoring data.

The Unity Network ID supports up to eight simultaneous, stand-alone bedside devices, such as ventilators, infusion pumps and vital signs monitors. Whether connected to a GE bedside monitor or directly to the CARESCAPE Network, the Unity Network Interface Device associates standalone devices on the network providing patient data to the CARESCAPE CIC Pro, as well as to the Aware® Gateway HL7® interface engine for trended patient data integration to other third party HIS/CIS products.

Benefits

The Unity Network Interface Device provides these additional benefits:

  • Data from a stand-alone bedside device is displayed in a parameter block on the monitor with other vital signs information
  • If alarms are provided from the device, they are relayed to the GE patient monitors, as well as the network. The stand-alone bedside devices remain the primary alarm source
  • The Unity Network ID supports up to eight simultaneous, stand-alone bedside devices, such as ventilators, infusion pumps and vital signs monitors

Technology

Connection technology

Unity Network ID offers “plug and play” connections through Device Identification Communication Adapters (DIDCA), which automatically identify a supported device as soon as it is connected. Includes optically isolated connections that meet basic safety requirements for devices used in proximity to patients. Indicator lights give the clinician immediate visual feedback once the connection is made.

Interface technology

Many third-party devices transmit data with an RS-232 interface. Unity Network ID repackages this data, transmits it through the Unity Network Ethernet protocol, then transmits it to a hospital system via an Aware Gateway interface. This interface provides a single point of access for all bedside data, streamlining the network architecture and cost of electronic information capture.