Connecting biomedical devices still needs standardisation

Biomedical devices are still not connected to healthcare records anywhere near as often as they should be.

Even though, on average, six devices in healthcare organisations could be connected to records, only three actually are.

The nursing staff therefore still have to input the most essential information which can be very risky: there can be interruptions in data monitoring, manual inputting errors, and problems linked with data identity and surveillance. These medical devices also cover many different products which are produced by more than 1,000 different manufacturers, ranging from: defibrillators, syringes, blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, monitors, pacemakers, etc. The extent of this di­versity creates many more issues for interoperability.

As Enovacom highlighted in its white paper, ‘The Role of Connected Biomedical Devices in The Hospital of Tomorrow’: « The problem is twofold: medical devices are not sufficiently interoperable with each other and the solutions for electronic records in hospitals are not diverse enough. »