This article in Modern Healthcare brings up a lot of important issues around the need for technology interoperability.
One of the things I have been working on in a large western state is supporting the groups that are establishing the technical standards for Health Information Exchange (HIE). Their approach is to use HL7 software standards to connect disparate technology platforms instead of the unsuccessful approach of trying to convince hardware and software vendors to agree to a complete set of interface standards.
That is why Performance ICU’s integration vendor, CPC, (a middleware integrator) is in such demand these days. They and companies like them are leveraging HL7 standards to successfully allow patient room related vendors and technology manufacturers to securely transmit data to one another both locally and remotely
The author of the article calls middleware integration problematic. The alternative being suggested (of plug and play technology standards) has already been considered and ignored by most of the national health care standards committees.
Performance ICU’s combined clinical and technology solution bypasses the deep chasm of non-interoperability by intentionally using middleware integration and connecting the existing configuration of vendors and technologies our hospital customers may have in place to provide secure Tele-ICU services
Most importantly, however, the Performance ICU team of intensivists adds the highest level of connectivity in an ICU setting. They are able to continuously monitor patient information from all the medical devices, patient medical records, clinical care team, and seeing and speaking with the patients via technology for themselves. They connect all the dots and ensure proactive response to all the information. They make the highest and best use of information and resources for excellence in caring for the most vulnerable patients. Timely response to real time information is the goal beyond interoperability.
Read the full Modern Healthcare article here.
Comments by Daniel Glaze, CPHIMS, PMP, Glaze & Associates LLC