Guest post by Stuart Long, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Capsule Tech, Inc.
Imagine information from your patient monitors, infusion pumps and ventilators speeding over the hospital network directly into the EMR. Consider the efficiencies and cost savings as device data auto-populates each field. Picture the satisfaction of caregivers as they abandon pens, clipboards and manual data recording—as well as the repetitive process of re-keying that information into an electronic system.
In most hospitals, the barrier to this vision is that point-of-care devices simply are not designed to share information electronically. With vendor specific interfaces and proprietary protocols, they co-exist but lack a way to communicate with IT systems or other equipment. In short, each type of medical device often speaks a language of its own.
True point-of-care interoperability for medical devices with an open interface and common communications standards to send data directly to information system vendors – is simply not available today. And while an excellent goal, achieving this in a timeframe that will satisfy hospitals seeking a solution in the near future will be difficult. Implementation of a shared data standard among competing vendors is not a simple task, and even if a standard were adopted, hospitals will be burdened with having to replace existing devices to accomplish enterprise-wide interoperability.
Medical Device Integration (MDI) is a solution that solves the hospital’s need for medical device data to be in a patient’s electronic record thus achieving many of the same goals. Important differences are that MDI is practical and available – today.
Specifically, the term Medical Device Integration denotes the automated integration [Read more…]