Interoperability and connectivity: solutions to today’s hospital challenges

The interoperability and connectivity of medical devices are widely recognised as important factors in helping hospitals achieve better patient data flow, synchronisation and harmonisation.

“Hospitals need to connect devices that are not natively connected and maximise interoperability across the continuum of care so all patient data can be accurately and efficiently captured and presented to clinicians in the most suitable ways,” explains Joe Kiani, CEO and founder of medtech firm Masimo.

The global company provides technologies and solutions to help hospitals and healthcare systems improve their patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care.

“We continue to deepen our understanding of what data clinicians most want to have at their fingertips and how, in the ideal hospital of tomorrow, it will be available to them – and to develop monitoring, display, automation, notification, and reporting solutions that best address these needs now,” adds Joe Kiani.

Clinical decision support

According to US non-profit organisation, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), clinical decision support (CDS) is a practical necessity for every clinician in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

To alleviate the burden from healthcare staff and patients, health IT must “deliver the right information, at the right point and format within the decision and care processes to optimise outcomes by consistently applying the best available knowledge in context of every patient’s needs and goals,” says the NAM report, Optimising Strategies for Clinical Decision Support.

It continues: “Delivering information this way to all patients and care teams, routinely and at pace with our expanding knowledge, in turn demands shared and sustainable solutions.”

Addressing clinicians’ and hospitals’ needs

Masimo recently announced the global launch of iSirona, a compact connectivity hub designed to maximise interoperability.

The hub can connect more than 500 medical devices, regardless of brand – promoting efficient workflows while helping to reduce time spent manually charting patient data and instances of transcription errors.

“iSirona, the latest member of the hospital automation family, makes it easier than ever to add connectivity wherever it’s needed – bringing offline data online, smoothing workflows, and ultimately, helping clinicians improve patient care,” says Joe Kiani.

Providing connectivity

Up to six medical devices can be connected to iSirona at the bedside, including multiple patient monitors, anaesthesia machines and pumps, in operating rooms and intensive care units (ICUs) where space is often restricted. 

Data is automatically routed to the Masimo hospital automation platform, a vendor-agnostic connectivity solution for electronic medical record (EMR) integration, surveillance monitoring, alarm management, mobile notifications, smart displays, and analytics. 

The hub supplements Masimo’s multimodal patient monitoring and connectivity solution Masimo Root, which integrates an array of technologies and systems in a single platform.            

“We believe that Masimo’s hospital automation platform is the most customisable, versatile, and future-focused connectivity solution on the market,” concludes Joe Kiani.

Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication. 

 

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