The impact of connecting medical devices
2. Interoperability versus connectivity
The need to connect devices is evolving. To make automatic data integration from devices possible, the first step is connecting these devices to the network. This connectivity is not enough in itself and is just the first step of really integrating into healthcare records.
We are also able to see the evolution of the different degrees of possible integration on the schema on the right
Connectivity means devices communicating – then making it possible to transport or receive data. However, this system is more focussed on collecting information than integrating it.
Interoperability, it is not just possible to receive and transmit the data but also to integrate it into different healthcare systems.
Interoperability makes devices collaborative and allows their users to see them as a real tool they can rely on.