Aug 10, 2021
John Zaleski Ph.D. NREMT, CAP, CPHIMS is the head of clinical informatics at Capsule. The topic is medical device integration to track progress and improve hospital care with continuous patient data collection and surveillance with prompts for action.
John says, "Aside from the physics of actually connecting and pulling the data, there are all sorts of IT-related issues of how to store the data, how to correctly format the data for communication. Now, there are standards that have been developed over the years that are in use today that tend to make those types of challenges less formidable. But having data access from any location in the hospital continues to be a little bit of a challenge in terms of lower acuity settings versus higher acuity settings."
"And so you have a mix of devices that do communicate, a mix of devices that communicate in a proprietary manner, and then medical devices that communicate more ubiquitously using standards like Health Level 7, various flavors of the Health Level 7 standard. It's a mishmash. But as time goes on and devices are migrated out of the environment, and newer ones are migrated in, they typically are adhering to a standard, which is a flavor of HL7."
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