EMR interoperability is undoubtedly the most popular choice of discussion amongst medical professionals today. In my previous post, I discussed the importance of EMR interoperability across medical organizations and how data sharing could help in improving quality of care. However, this time round I would like to share some thoughts on connected medical devices (CMD) and their role in shaping the future of healthcare across the globe.
With the ever increasing demand and pressures of clinical productivity, connected medical devices are a ray of hope for most. Nurses on average are likely to spend over two hours per shift documenting. This reduces the time spent on patient care whilst creating anxiety and stress. CMDs can reduce a significant portion of time that nurses spend while transcribing medical data from devices, with reported saving from one device ranging between 4 to 36 minutes. CMDs also significantly reduce documentation errors and hospitals can prevent up to 800 data collection errors per day.
The responsibility of hospitals for collecting and utilizing quality information is now greater than ever, and it is very likely that this will continue to increase in the near future. To meet these regulatory mandates whilst being cost effective, hospitals would inevitably require automation of data collection processes. This is the reason why it is integral for manufactures to standardize the transfer of data from medical devices to an EMR system, thereby promoting the use of these devices. While networking and security protocols will also become necessities, CMDs have the potential to significantly enhance the care delivery process.
In a recent report it was found that “a 10% increase in hospitals that adopt both EMRs and obstetric-specific computing technology reduces neonatal mortality by 40 deaths per 100,000 live births.”
EMRs along with CMDs can build up a more efficient clinical decision support system to help monitor patients and improve the quality of care. Electronic alerts can be generated and documented to assist medical staff in providing real-time care while avoiding clinical oversights. CMDs can also help patients by enabling connected care at home, reducing the amount of cost and hassle associated with monitoring visits. Device interoperability is the key to the future of quality connected care.