The impact of connecting medical devices

1. Different connection systems

For a biomedical device to transfer data to a speciality file, it’s necessary to connect them to integrate the vital data. Today, several systems are available.

CONNECTING DIRECTLY

The material is adapted to data transfer via a proprietary communication protocol – a specific language or one based on standards. However, setting up such a system can prove costly, long and difficult – indeed, the more different the manufacturers and devices are, the more interfaces there are – which requires a lot of extra expense for it to be developed. Nevertheless, using a peer-to-peer solution enables the data to be integrated into the devices.

VIA A BIOMEDICAL INTEROPERABILITY PLATFORM

The objective is to connect the devices (monitor, ventilator, ECG, etc.) to the medical applications (patient records, for example) by relying on a communal software solution used by all of the biomedical devices and business applications (regardless of the vendor).

It is capable of collecting, transmitting and integrating all of the device’s data. This is the most economic system: it is compatible with the diversity of the establishment’s IT system and is based on the functionalities, the technical nature of the devices, and will enable interoperability.

VIA A CONNECTING SYSTEM THROUGH BACK UP MATERIAL

This is a link-up system to ensure that biomedical devices are connected – an IT system which requires buying and using extra material. Be warned, this extra material costs more and it can be difficult to make it compatible with the devices’ usual functionalities. That said, it does allow you to connect different types of devices together.

“It is necessary to implement all of the technical conditions to make sure the solutions function optimally to guarantee that the biomedical devices are interoperable with the HIS environment – that it is easy for non-IT professionals to pick up and requires the IT workers to work together with the biomedical teams. The tool that comes out must be collaborative” Stéphane Kirche

Head of Biomedical Engineering, Nord-Saône Loire Bresse Morvan

The digital technology revolution and subsequent exchanges of data and information means we have to reconsider how to proceed. […] Faced with the increasing number of exchanges, it’s becoming necessary to make not just the IT systems interoperable with each other, but also with the devices.SNITEM (French Trade Association of Medical Devices)

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