IBM and Teges Partner to Provide Pediatric ICU with Software

IBM will provide Teges, a developer of Web-based information for Intensive Care Units, with IBM WebSphere software that can enable doctors making their rounds to enter or access patient information using speech, a keyboard or handwriting via handheld, slate tablet PCs.  IBM's software works with an integrated clinical information system that provides physicians and other healthcare providers instant access to patient data through a Web interface.

IBM's WebSphere software integrates different modes of data entry: speech, keyboard strokes and handwriting-recognition technology.  This "multimodal" approach provides physicians and nurses with the option of using spoken commands to access patient records and enter repetitive information.

Teges' i-Rounds (short for "Internet Rounds") is combined with the IBM WebSphere technology and based on XHTML + Voice or X+V multimodal programming language.  Physicians at Miami Children's Hospital are currently using the technology, which provides the cardiac team with pediatric ICU records.

Dr. Anthony Rossi, director of the Cardiovascular Surgery ICU at Miami Children's Hospital said, "The IBM and i-Rounds monitoring system is one of the most exciting advances in medical informatics to arrive in years.

"The system will allow us to monitor patients hundreds of miles from our primary center.  Patients, families and less experienced clinicians will now benefit from the expertise of the most respected caregivers, virtually no matter where in the world they are located."

With Teges' i-Rounds, nurses work on handheld tablets and patient data moves wirelessly through a network to a server and is available to healthcare providers on a password-protected Web site.  The Teges solution also takes into account new federal rules on the privacy of medical records.  Billing, test results, insurance claims and digital photos are all converted into standard Web pages that can be protected using encryption and passwords.

IBM WebSphere Everyplace Multimodal Environment software requires no speaker training.

It allows speech to be recorded and stored as digital audio, then sent off for transcription.  IBM multimodal technology uses X+V which is based on approved W3C® recommendations and is deployed using the IBM WebSphere Everyplace Multimodal Environment.  The multimodal technology in a mobile environment is a result of IBM's relationship with Opera Software ASA.

The technology runs on Tablet PCs supplied by Motion Computing.

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