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Don Fluckinger, Features Writer Published: 26 Nov 2012

Within the typical health care organization, different software vendors' clinical applications, ranging from electronic health record (EHR) to e-prescribing to radiology imaging systems, present numerous health interoperability issues. More on medical, mobile devices and health interoperability Experts mull safety of EHR, medical device interoperability How to avoid data breaches in interoperability testing, development From the Health IT Exchange: Medical device connectivity lets hospitals get the most from their EHR In the same vein, medical devices, ranging from simple monitors to complex ventilators, pose similar issues. Many devices transmit and receive data in proprietary ways, yet hospital IT staffers must get data from the devices into EHR systems -- and get alerts dispatched to nurse and physician smartphones. As is the case when addressing software's health interoperability challenges, some facilities are using middleware to connect medical devices to back-end information systems. Mike Freeman, biomedical device integration manager for Sentara -- ... Access >>>

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