All Eyes on CIO for Bio-Medical Device Integration

This is one in a series of blog posts discussing Divurgent’s 2014 IT Organization Best Practice Study.  To view earlier blogs from this series, click here.

Bio-medical devices have evolved, especially over the last few years, into special purpose computers that interact with health information systems and are connected to the hospital data network. Quick, efficient integration of these devices with the IT managed infrastructure and applications is becoming critical to the delivery of care. Vendors are being driven to improve the user interface, making them more like computer workstations, and the ability to connect to the IT network is becoming an important requirement for future purchases.

While in most organizations the acquisition and support of bio-medical devices occurs outside of IT, this will change at an ever-increasing pace as responsibility for these devices moves to the IT organization. Understanding bio-medical device integration (BMDI) is becoming an important skill set, and organizations are increasingly looking to the IT organization to develop and maintain this expertise.

See What CIOs Are Saying About This Topic

“The new smart pumps in reality are iPads in plastic and we made the mistake of thinking of them as just pumps and not dealing with them as computers, which they are.”

“The dependency is rising between not only the commodity and the structure of both the EMR and other applications such as biomed devices, but the natural integration where those things are coming together. The lines are getting blurred. They are coming closer and closer and at some point it makes sense to roll it under one vision for the organization.”

“When you blend biomed devices and the HIS, instead of waiting for a human to record the vitals on scheduled basis the system can continuously monitor the patient. This integration can provide the basis for alerting and clinical decision support.”

“As organizations are more data driven, and any collection device that collects or receives data need to be viewed as an extension of the IT infrastructure.”

The topic of the next blog entry will be Lean Six-Sigma and Process Improvement.

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