As technology advances and the healthcare landscape becomes more complex, the benefits (and complications) of integrated EMR systems has been a big talking point. New research now indicates that the information from medical devices itself, when bridged across providers and systems, could be transformative for patient care. The biggest reason cited for not employing these systems? "No plan."
According to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, 50 percent of care providers do not have a plan for technology integration, even though the benefit of improved workflow, diagnostic aids, monitoring, and prevention have immediate and long-term value.
"More than 50 percent of healthcare providers do not have a healthcare IT roadmap, although they acknowledge the role of digital health in enhancing healthcare efficiency," said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Research Analyst Shruthi Parakkal. "Consequently, even the existing interoperability standards such as HL7, DICOM and Direct Project are not being utilized optimally by many providers."
According to the study, solutions which allow interoperability between device vendors can go a long way in solving headaches for large (and presumably small) heathcare providers. Furthermore, the FDA is expected to "add thrust" to the development of interoperable devices and systems.
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