Historically, medical device data has been isolated, trapped in silos, each having unique communication protocols, physical connections, update rates, and terminology, but key advances have put medical devices on the precipice of an evolutionary leap from charting and documentation to active patient monitoring and intervention.
Tracked through multivariate, temporally trended information, clinicians can apply historical and real-time data to facilitate real-time clinical decision-making that is based upon changing and evolving trends.
The healthcare industry is a long way from realizing universal interoperability of medical devices. Though federal guidelines and reforms, technological advances, industry societies, and standards organizations, as well as various industry and business requirements have motivated some manufacturers to develop interfaces, many medical devices still require that their proprietary formats be translated to something more standardized and common to the health IT system, both in semantics and messaging format.
Middleware can be leveraged to pull data from medical devices and combine it with other data in the patient record to create a more holistic and complete picture of the current patient state.
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