A typical hospital has hundreds—even thousands—of medical devices. Integrating the patient data from these complex medical devices into the EMR looks like a beaver’s dam of hardware upgrades, patient monitoring systems, and maintenance agreements. Medical device integration, put simply, can be a mess.
The purpose of any worthwhile healthcare IT solution is clear: to solve problems, improve outcomes, and add value. We are only as good as our commitment to this purpose. And we are only as successful as our clients.
We all know that typical workflows for documentation in cardiac monitoring are inefficient, paper-heavy, and error-ridden. Documenting device data can be like an arts and crafts project, where users are literally cutting and pasting paper, and then transmitting data through fax machines, tubing systems, or even on foot. Because patient data is not available to clinicians on-the-go, clinical decision-making is delayed, redundant orders are placed, and key clinical resources are misappropriated.
We all know that the status quo for documenting cardiac monitoring device data in EMRs is not working.