A Road Map for Medical Device Interoperability: Seven Key Steps to Help Your Facility Establish and Maintain Interoperability
February 1, 2013 | Evaluations & Guidance
Medical device interoperability encompasses a broad spectrum of applications. It might include, for example, communication between spot-check vital signs monitors and the EHR, between a ventilator and a physiologic monitoring system, and between the monitoring system and an end-user alarm-notification system. Tackling these projects within the scope of an enterprise-wide interoperability plan can reduce costs, simplify implementation and maintenance, and maximize benefits. But it can be a daunting prospect, and hospitals sometimes struggle to find their way through the process.
In healthcare, the term “interoperability” is sometimes used interchangeably with the terms “integration” and “connectivity.” But these terms may...