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  • Rico Latte
    April 02, 2012 - 13:37

    In Ontario, Peterborough and Brampton installed these devices, then removed them due to the problems with equipment, support, IT, and the vendor. The vendor in this case made claims of performance it could not substantiate, then denied problems when the devices failed to perform as promised. As usual in the new reality of Canadian healthcare, the most important factor is cost - the lower the better - even if it means getting third rate equipment. I know - I maintain these systems in hospital.

  • inside source
    March 28, 2012 - 21:45

    "in my opinion" these monitors are only used at the HSC because the surgery's and patients they monitor are only at the HSC. no testing, no training was provided. IT management purchased the cheapest software from the vendor with the best perks. no testing! the HSC has horrible wireless service. the truth will eventually come out, mrs kaminski will be back to apologize. she is given sugared up information from management, directors etc. any staff speaking out will be audited internally. corruption at it's best is eastern health.

  • SUE
    March 28, 2012 - 12:09

    THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.....FUNNY HOW THE ONLY SIDE WE HEAR ON THE NEWS AND READ IN THE PAPER IS THAT OF EASTERN HEALTH, AS MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS COMMENTS..NURSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE SYSTEM AND IT'S TIME MRS. KAMINSKI AND MRS. SULLIVAN GAVE THEM A LITTLE BIT OF CREDIT INSTEAD OF BELITTLING THEM WITH CHILDISH REMARKS. WHY HASN'T THERE BEEN A SPOKES PERSON ON THE NEWS REPRESENTING THE 100 NURSES WHO SIGNED THE PETITION TELLING THEIR SIDE OF THEIR STORY, ANOTHER THING THAT BOTHERS ME, IF THESE MONITORS WERE INSTALLED IN APRIL OF 2011 WHY ARE THSES PROBLEMS ONLY BECOMING PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE NOW ALMOST ONE YEAR LATER??? I THINK THERE ARE ALOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS HERE AND CRUCIAL INFORMATION THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC STILL HASN'T HEARD, SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER COVER UP. AS FAR AS IT GOES FOR ONLY THE HCS NURSES COMPLAINING....I GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR HAVING THE "BACKBONE" TO STEP UP TO PLATE AND AND VOICE THEIR CONCERNS, REMEMBER PEOPLE THEIR CONCERS AFFECT THE SAFETY OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

  • Don
    March 28, 2012 - 10:34

    Why is it that only a few nurses at HSC are complaining and nurses from other health facilities across the province are not. Makes you wonder, doesn't it.

    • ken power
      March 28, 2012 - 21:30

      because these monitors are only used at this capacity at hsc, don. if you don't know what you are talking about, don't talk.

  • HITHERE
    March 28, 2012 - 10:12

    I have successfully implemented such devices in the past at a Hospital in the US and what i did was i had different Vendors come in with there products and allowed the clinicians (nurses,docs,techs) to use all the devices and then handed them a survey on there likes and dislikes of the devices and basically had the staff vote on which one they liked and then tweaked it with the comments and purchased that device. I agree that the troops are the end users let them have as say. As any good Project Manager knows the end user should have a strong input on the decision. I tried to get a job with EH with over 10 years healthecare experience but i was not able to even get an Interview with a history of successful implementation of PACS, Voice Recognition, Scanning and Archiving, Bar code Scanning, Bedside Medication Verification and others but that is another story (NEPOTISM). Good Luck nurses and techs but if politicians and upper mgt make you decisions without your input it will be a tuff enviornment. Cheers.

  • P F Murphy
    March 28, 2012 - 08:24

    It seems that Ms Kaminski is defending her system of monitors which she has invested a large sum of money in rather than her troops on the ground, the nurses. I'd suggest she take a week or at least several days and go sit in the area that is having the problem. Her troops at the Health Sciences are her best soldiers and when they are recognizing there is a problem and signing a petition, there is a problem. No chain of command to this one. Go and fix it yourself. Maybe there is equipment interference from other machines, maybe there are building conditions, but whatever, the system runs on Nurses and when nurses do this, Kaminski has a problem she won't fix from her desk and shouldn't try to solve by blaming her troops.

  • carol Ann Rogers
    March 28, 2012 - 06:55

    I think I believe the nurses who are working with these minitors before I believe the women who sits in an office and only reads the markiting information from the company or the MHA who has never seen the monitor only read about its praises. There is a simple soulution. Get a few student nurses to volunteer to take a clip board and take notes of when and why the monitor goes off. Evaluate the findings. If the darn things are malfunctioning it will be in the notes. This requires the KISS evaluation. "KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID"

    • rosena norman
      March 28, 2012 - 08:06

      My dad just spent a month in the hospital.The nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system.I would believe a nurse before I would I would believe the lady who is sitting in an office and not looking after patient care