Based on recent findings from the HIMSS Analytics Database, only one-third of 825 hospitals surveyed indicated they are interfacing their medical devices to their EMR, as noted in this chart Medical Devices Reasons-10-11-2011. Yet, the ability to capture flow sheet data and changes in vital signs within the EMR is a meaningful use stage 1 requirement, leaving us pondering why the uptake of interfaced medical devices is not higher.
A colleague in Australia recently asked why the integration of medical devices is not part of stage 3 or 4 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. Her reasoning being that it’s easier to implement than CPOE, nursing documentation and physician documentation, and it makes physicians happy because it reduces the amount of data input required.
After all, it doesn’t require new system purchases like those required for CPOE, nursing documentation and physician documentation. Hence, it should be less expensive to implement.
- Is the integration of medical devices a critical component of your IT strategy?
- Do you agree with my colleague in Australia, that it’s simple to implement and should be a core aspect of early stages of EMR adoption?
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