Medical imaging systems have been talking to PACS systems for years, saving costs and improving care. I’m always impressed that my children’s doctors can access current and historical x-rays and MRI’s at the drop of a hat. Integration of devices with PACS enables medical images to be captured, backed up, transmitted, analyzed, and reviewed in other care sites and at other times. The age of the standalone medical imaging system is long gone.
Other medical devices are beginning to follow suit, interfacing with electronic medical records (EMRs) and hospital inventory management systems. Networked devices are on the way, and the age of the standalone medical device is heading to a close.
The era of networked medical brings challenges and opportunities. Are you ready?