Medical device manufacturers are taking a solid place in the engineering market and technologies are taking more space in the modern medical workflow. This growing tendency can be observed in such examples as the use of virtual reality applications as a method for treating patients and implementation of the electronic medical records (EMR) in the hospitals.
Looking closer at this example, EMR is seen as a big step in the future of medical documentation system. However, just yet EMR is only gaining its popularity in the medical sphere and there are lots of issues to be covered and explained to the general public and medicine specialists in particular.
One of the questions that needs to be discussed is how can be EMR system implemented into already existing hospital infrastructure? How will the hospitals benefit out of it? How much is it going to cost? How to integrate the medical devices with EMR? The last issue should be highlighted and explained in the first place, since integrating of medical devices with the hospital network(data base) is the hardest but the most valuable element in the medical technology implementation.
The difficulties of medical devices integration
Medical device integration with EHRs is a daunting and complex process which requires work at various levels, from developing a software to actual building a network of bridges and gateways for the medical devices and the data collecting devices. This last issue is still happening due to the fact that many medical devices might have different specs they were given by the manufacturer. So there is no “single size” that will fit all the existing devices.
Moreover, there is no single electronic healthcare record system as such. Most commonly various EHR have different functions, interfaces, and operational systems. Therefore, a software for integrating EHR with medical devices should be flexible and match various types of medical network and their inner network.
So as we see, it’s not only the problem of integration. It is a hard procedure for two reasons. First, it is the fact that medical device connectivity becomes a complex process since there is no "one model” solution for the establishing connection among all medical devices. And second, the local data bases of the hospitals also vary from one place to another. However, let's take a closer look at the medical devices integration services. What are their functions and why is it important to rearrange all medical devices into one system?
Examples of medical devices integration
Medical device integration can make the work of the entire hospital much faster and even safer. By connecting devices, which are important for vital health data monitoring, medical personnel is receiving the full picture of the patient’s health status without need to be present in front of the monitors and checking the information through a bunch of devices, like vital signs monitor, ventilations pumps, etc.
With the software integration, it is possible to receive an entire health report with not just collected but analyzed data from all the monitors and devices. It is beneficial in a matter of time, and also provides common medical devices with modern functions.
For instance, usually, all the information that was obtained by the medical devices, for example, such as EKG machines or vital signs monitors, was “locked” inside the device. It slowed all the processes down making simple things complicated. In such a way all the documentation was done manually, then transformed into full reports, including all the indexes, and only after that it was possible to have a full picture of the patients data.
However, a patient care device integration inside the hospital network would allow the stuff to skip the routine and useless procedure and replace them with the automatized connectivity of the devices. It not only allows to collect all the data from the machines, but also might work as alarm triggers if anything goes wrong with the patient’s records. For example, there can be alarms for tracking the heart rate of the patient.
Other examples can include such devices as:
vital signs monitors,
ventilators and infusion pumps, etc
Also, here is an interesting bonus of the implementation of EMR system. By having a medical device connectivity you can integrate with not only the medical devices but also work on connecting the fax machines and scanners with the inner system. So it will be much easier and faster to get the patient information on paper when the one needs it.
What are the benefits of Medical devices integration software?
To sum up the foregoing, let's have a closer look at the advantages of having medical devices integration software in the hospital. So here are the top four reasons to consider implementing such software into the hospital’s work.
Integrated workflow. By integrating medical devices the hospital receives an efficient, easy and understandable workflow. All the sections of the hospital are connected and due to the web-based system they can be easily controlled.
One more contribution, in order to ease the daily routine of the medical stuff, is eliminating the manual work. As it was mentioned above, now there is no need for collecting the data manually, since the software for integration is able to collect and analyze the data automatically. So, as a result, the medical personnel will receive a clear and processed information, probably even collected and summed up from more than one device at a time. So the process goes way faster eliminating all the possible errors due to human factor.
Remote control. Now doctors can watch over the health status of each patient even if they aren’t at the hospital. And what is more, patients are also able to check the information about their health (doctor's conclusions, analysis results, drug prescriptions) without actually going to the hospital. It can be possible due to the cloud based online access to the information and the personal cabinet.
Web-based storage. The received data from all the medical devices now will be filtered, stored and secured online. Which means that there is no more struggling with searching for the required patient's data through all the devices and moreover, the system will collect everything automatically and send the data directly to the place of storage. In addition, by using such system data will remain crack-proof.
Best way to develop a Medical Device Integration software for business
It will be better to go with the third party that specializes in bringing the services you need. The top criteria on how to choose the team who are going to work on your project is to analyze the credibility of the outsource company you want to pick and to compare its portfolio and prices to others. To develop a software for medical devices integration developers need a specific set of tools, due to the complexity of the development.
So by picking the team which already has some experience in this sphere you have a win-win situation. You don’t overpay for the time which is required for getting used to the new tools and you get your product faster since the developers are already experienced in such sort of custom software development.
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