Device Design Functions and Logistics

Q – What kind of battery is in the MOD® device and how long will the rechargeable battery last?

A – Devices should be plugged into a power source during use. If devices need to be unplugged for any reason, there is a battery inside the device that can maintain power until the device is again plugged into power. As a reminder, when a device is unplugged from power a warning beep occurs at spaced time intervals to remind the user to attach the device to power. A second  MOD® battery serves as a backup battery to maintain the database within the MOD® until it can be sent to the wireless server which holds all the data for devices within a facility.

Q – How does the Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) system work in the device?

A – RFID technology uses radio signals to exchange data between a reader and an electronic tag. The RFID reader is behind the pain scale on the device and the tags are in the patient wristbands. When the patient wristband is registered into the device during the programming steps, the reader collects the data and stores it to provide exclusive recognition of only that patient for the use of that device. The RFID system used in connection with the device is a low-energy passive system that does not interfere with any other wireless or RFID systems that may be in use in the hospital. The maximum range of the RFID reader is only two inches from the pain scale on the device. The advantage of RFID is that a “line of sight,” which is necessary for barcode validation, is not needed for the tag recognition with RFID use.

Q – How does the wireless MOD® device interact with our computer system?

The MODtrac™ enterprise software is loaded onto a server behind the firewall of the computing network within the facility. This allows access to any device within the facility by signing onto the computer system and then accessing the MOD® programming software according to instructions from the information technology (IT) group within the facility. This software provides the wizard program for programming devices and connecting to any devices to gather information or execute other programs needed for the device use. For integration of data into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), specific MOD® data elements are uploaded into the EMR database and  populate each patient record with medication administration data and pain scores.