With the onset of new technology, the increase in medical integration devices has become an important part of running a hospital or health facility smoothly.  There is a magnitude of information saved and recorded on a daily basis in every hospital. When everything was done manually, human errors and time spent organizing data contributed to some of the biggest expenses.

Many modern hospitals have upgraded their information technology to connect medical devices into the data collection processes so that electronic medical records (EMR) can be automatically updated.  The trend is increasing nationwide as well as world wide, due to the efficiency and extreme usefulness of a wider system of medical integration equipment.

For the last couple decades most hospitals were using IT to support their financial and daily operation records.  The idea came about that they should progress further by purchasing equipment that could interface with the electronic recording devices that the hospitals were already using.  The hospitals that do use the ‘medical device to EMR integration’ have reported that they have yielded as much as a 60% ‘time-saved’ benefit.  Not only do the hospitals reap the rewards of a more error-free and detailed recording system, but their patients also have their medical charts maintained more efficiently, preventing countless medical mistakes.  Doctors working at those hospitals receive patient medical records information much more quickly and are able to make medical decisions based on that information.

The cost analysis, for buying new medical equipment and maintaining the system, has not been completely worked out as yet.  The hospitals in the United States that use these devices have received funding incentives from the US Government Medicaid and Medicare Services, a government sponsored system in place for eventually getting all hospitals onboard with medical integration devices.

The government EMR model had suggested how, by 1999, the devices would first be used in the hospital laboratories, radiology departments, and hospital pharmacies.  Each step would signify adding more hospital departments to the hub.  In time, all the hospital departments will be fully supported through their intelligent medical device systems.

Not all medical devices are able to be hooked up to the electronic medical records system yet, but the intelligent medical devices hub is currently the most used service in hospitals.  One of the best and basic uses has been the recording of vital signs, which can be charted directly to the individual’s medical records. Other devices currently in use that are connected to the EMR system, are the physiologic monitor, the fetal monitor, the electrocardiograph, ventilator, cardio input monitor, infusion pump, infant incubator, and the defibrillator.

Medical Records Information Technology companies and medical device manufacturers are looking to benefit from the changes in the hospitals.  As more funding is released by the US Government to the hospitals participating more fully with the medical integration devices upgrades, the more information or data will need to be stored and protected as a service to the hospitals.  New technology is a daily stepping-stone toward the more effective practices. The hospitals that want to stay on top and be recognized will use their government funding to make their hospital one of the best in the country.  The benefits for progress in this medical field are quite far-reaching.