The need to cut cost, improve medical care, and adopt electronic medical records (EMR) is driving hospitals to implement information technology (IT) solutions that streamline procedures such as billing, medical imaging, and electronic medical records processing. These solutions exemplify the convergence of healthcare and IT systems, an evolving field known as medical informatics. However, innovation is often impeded by the many medical devices, for example dialysis machines, that are stand-alone and unconnected, and unable to share data with IT systems without manual intervention.
Helping overcome communication barriers between medical devices and IT networks, NEXCOM developed a medical informatics solution based on technologies from the Internet of Things (IoT). The solution turns medical device data into electronic medical records (EMR) and sends them to the hospital's private cloud, where data analytics can be performed to better evaluate a patient's condition.
The solution has been implemented in a hospital located in Nanjing, capital city of China's Jiangsu province. With assistance from NEXCOM and Suntop, a medical device supplier with extensive experience in the dialysis market, the hospital is able to increase staff efficiency, improve medical care, support EMRs, and enable patient data sharing among medical providers. This paper describes how medical equipment manufacturers, retailers, systems integrators, and hospitals can deploy this world-class, end-to-end IoT solution.
The solution blueprint was created by Intel Corporation. To read the full story, please download the PDF.