Interoperability for Connected Medical Devices Needs Enhancement


Published Date : May 28, 2015

Connected devices in the health infrastructure is the emerging trend as it serves as a binding agent for several devices and helps in workflows, monitoring, prevention, and diagnosis in the healthcare industry. Nevertheless, the stakeholders in the industry firm need to make sure about the connectivity standards and interoperability standards are in order.

This was one of the first findings from a market research firm. According to this study, the addition of connected healthcare infrastructure is not quite uniform across the globe. This is said to be as a result of the lack of a holistic digital healthcare tactical process which focuses on integrated care models.

Over half of the healthcare providers don’t feature a healthcare IT road map. But, they do acknowledge the role of health in improving healthcare efficiency. However, even the present interoperability standers which are HL7, Direct Project, DICOM are not fully utilized by several providers in this industry.

Furthermore, hospitals need to update their processes along with their workflows via expensive upgrades and the reviewing of codes and software. This methodology will eventually become more complex due to the absence of vendors which can guarantee the seamless connectivity between devices from several manufactures.

The gateways and alliances which harness interoperability will enable information sharing between medical devices and the health IT solutions receive from many vendors. This will go a long way in leveraging connectivity. In the meantime, advancement in technology such as Bluetooth, WiFi, along with RFID will also stroke market advancements. Also, the intensifying focus on the healthcare interoperability in FDA mentioned guidelines are projected to boost he development of the healthcare and medical devices market for interoperability and connectivity.