However, the availability of different technologies coupled with the lack of standards is slowing the process of convergence. Accordingly, organisations are attempting to establish mandated guidelines that will advance the trend towards greater integration.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (patientmonitoring.frost.com), Convergence of Patient Monitoring Systems with IT.
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"Communication between information solutions and medical devices has become a key trend with an increasing number of hospitals demanding seamless transfer of information," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst C.R. Hema Varshika. "The distinction between information systems and patient monitoring devices is blurring, greatly driving convergence and integration."
Increasing focus is being placed on improving the quality of care in hospitals. Here, the rapid transfer of patient information from monitoring devices to the hospital network is essential for enhanced integration. As hospitals purchase more advanced IT solutions and state-of-the-art devices, it is imperative that these devices and systems work in harmony, in order to achieve the desired levels of efficiency and patient safety.
Varied proprietary technologies existing in the market today pose the most serious challenge to market expansion. As vendors use different technologies, a common platform does not currently exist, which makes integration a challenging task.
"The lack of mandated guidelines and standards is greatly impeding the growth of this market," comments Varshika. "The widespread use of proprietary standards restricts universal communication; governments and concerned organisations need to act quickly and establish rules to further promote convergence."
To succeed, market participants should devise a universal interface that will facilitate the exchange of information between devices and systems, independent of the manufacturer. Forward-looking alliances coupled with a focus on technological advancement will also help companies gain the competitive edge.
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