Wireless: The Future of Temperature Monitoring

Wisconsin-based Primex manufactures wireless environmental monitoring systems for a wide range of industries. Its PrimexTEMP wireless temperature sensors are linked to a proprietary system called OneVue, which uses Amazon Web Services to process more than 480 million sensor updates each day.

“It’s a completely cloud-based monitoring solution designed for mass scalability, which fits perfectly in the pharmacy world,” said Primex General Manager Mike O’Brien. “The sensor device, which is the brains of the local monitoring capability, connects with the cloud via Wi-Fi, PoE or a standard Ethernet connection. That device has a couple of ports for probes, which connect into the sensor device. The probes are mounted inside the refrigerator or freezer and inserted into a bottle containing a glycol or wax solution that emulates the contents [for] monitoring, rather than ambient air.”

The sensors regularly log and report temperatures, and when an excursion from predefined ranges occurs. When there is a temperaure excursion, the cloud-based system sends out alerts based on user preferences. “You can ask for email, SMS text or voice call alerts—or all three,” Mr. O’Brien said. “Users can also configure alert rules that specify who gets notified of an excursion depending on the time and location.”
All of this is documented in a time-stamped record, which identifies the person who reviewed the temperature excursion. The user also can add comments, documenting what led to the excursion and what was done to mitigate it. “That’s extremely important for the FDA and regulatory agencies,” Mr. O’Brien said.

All of the probes employ CertiTrak Calibration Certification Tracking, which links a unique certificate to each individual probe. The certificate provides data required for compliance with CDC guidelines and other authorities having jurisdiction. “We only use RTD [resistance temperature detector] platinum probes, which have the highest accuracy and the least amount of drift over time,” Mr. O’Brien said. “The sensors are solid-state, and the probes all store information about when they were put into service and when they were calibrated. Instead of looking at a spreadsheet to maintain data on when your probes went into service and need to be calibrated or changed, our system tracks it all and takes the burden off the end user.”

Nordic-powered Bluetooth low energy allows clocks to keep synchronized time in healthcare and educational applications

OSLO, Norway — Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Lake Geneva, WI-based Primex, Inc. has launched the Smart-Sync Bluetooth® low energy mesh-enabled synchronized time system, employing Nordic’s multiple award-winning nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC), and designed for use where accurate timekeeping is essential, for example in healthcare and education environments.

The system is comprised of a network of battery or DC-powered digital and analog clocks, a Bluetooth low energy mesh bridge, and Primex’s ‘OneVue’ secure Cloud-based application platform. Each clock employs a Nordic nRF51822 SoC to provide bidirectional Bluetooth low energy wireless communication with other clocks in the network and the bridge. The connectivity ensures each clock receives and shares time, as well as time zone, and daylight saving information with other clocks in the network, ensuring all the clocks remain fully synchronized.

Read more at NordicSemi.com

Next up for Healthcare: Multi-Cloud

'With worries about hacking and data breaches, they want to be able to spread out the risk'

In five short years, the cloud has evolved from a curious, unproven concept to almost a way of life in healthcare. Advancements in technology and more widespread acceptance from providers have made it an integral part of the IT landscape.

With questions about security, functionality and dependability asked and answered, vendors are now turning their sights on new horizons for utilization. And based on the potential for infinite computing power and storage, the sky seems to be the limit for future applications, system suppliers say.

Among the new purposes for the cloud is tapping into multiple cloud servers, says Matt Ferrari, chief technology officer for Tempe, Ariz.-based ClearDATA.

"The future is about multi-cloud," he says. "The belief is the industry will have organizations that put their systems into multiple clouds across different vendors. With worries about hacking and data breaches, they want to be able to spread out the risk. That's how our conversation with Amazon began."

Primex Wireless Brings Intelligent Monitoring Platform to Healthcare

Primex Wireless, a provider of wireless facility monitoring and compliance technologies, recently introduced its next-generation OneVue intelligent environmental monitoring platform. OneVue is designed as a cost-effective, convenient way to achieve real-time monitoring of healthcare facilities and the critical assets within them.

OneVue is a cloud-based, mobile-first platform that allows users to view monitoring data and configure the system using any Web browser on any tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. With its responsive design, OneVue automatically resizes and rearranges the screen to optimize the user's experience for their mobile or desktop device.

Primex Wireless Develops Monitoring Solution for Health Care Environments

Primex Wireless, a provider of wireless facility monitoring and compliance technologies, recently introduced its next-generation OneVue intelligent environmental monitoring platform. OneVue is designed as a cost-effective, convenient way to achieve real-time monitoring of healthcare facilities and the critical assets within them.

OneVue is a cloud-based, mobile-first platform that allows users to view monitoring data and configure the system using any Web browser on any tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. With its responsive design, OneVue automatically resizes and rearranges the screen to optimize the user's experience for their mobile or desktop device.

Matching WTM with the Right Procedures

After a successful trial of the Primex Wireless SNS Temperature Monitoring solution, Don Janczak of Mercy Health System, Janesville, WI, expected smooth implementation of the system in the pharmacies throughout Mercy's facilities. Yet Janczak soon realized that success depended on creating procedures tailored to the unique needs of the three acute care hospitals and 38 clinics in Mercy's organization.

Ensuring Time is on Your Side

John Edwards, senior director, Global Healthcare Solutions, at Primex Wireless, discusses the challenges, solutions, and benefits, of implementing process automation and intelligent power management applications to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities save time, reduce costs, boost productivity, and ensure optimal regulatory compliance and patient safety.

Time Sync: Why We Need It, How to Get It

In the healthcare industry, timing is everything. Treatment methods like resuscitation, for example, are reliant on minute by minute objectives and hospitals depend on accurate time records when dealing with legal liabilities. John Edwards, Senior Director of Global Healthcare Solutions, Primex Wireless, discusses the importance of having all the clocks, computers and equipment in your healthcare facility in sync... Download links below for PDF and MP3 sound file.

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