Evaluation: Ascom Unite Connect Ancillary Alarm Notification System

December 22, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance


The Ascom Unite solution is a good choice for most facilities looking for an enterprise ancillary alarm notification system. The system allows centralized display of all active alarms for a single unit, which can facilitate alarm triaging by monitor watchers and other relevant personnel. It also offers a very easy-to-use staff assignment application that can also be used to export the assignments to other hospital systems. The vendor also integrates with real-time locating systems and the Ascom nurse call system to detect clinician presence in a patient's room and uses this information to automatically route alarms as applicable. Additionally, the system has the ability to allow users to proactively measure and track system performance using tools to trigger simulated messages.

  1. The Unite Connect is used to alert appropriate clinical staff to the relevant clinical alarms via mobile communication devices in a timely manner.

  2. Major device components and software features:

a) Elise 3 Appliance—This is an embedded Linux server with software specific to each connection/integration to the solution, typically the medical device systems from which alarms are received. For example, the vendor offers one appliance, the mobile monitoring gateway (MMG), that is unique to their interface with GE monitors. Similarly, the vendor offers another appliance to connect to the facility's end-user communication platform (e.g., Cisco call manager, smartphone platforms). The appliance facilitates communication between the solution and the connected systems (e.g., medical devices and communication platforms) by translating any proprietary vendor protocols. It also handles the filtering and...

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