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Automatic Charting of Medical Device Data and EMR Integration –
A Status Update

Intelligent Medical Devices, a new white paper from HIMSS Analytics sponsored by Lantronix, explores the progress of interfacing medical devices with the EMR across 825 healthcare organizations surveyed

CHICAGO (December 1, 2010) – Recording and charting changes in vital signs has been identified as one of the core areas that will be measured for meaningful use incentives.   The new Intelligent Medical Devices HIMSS Analytics white paper, sponsored by Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX), and posted on the HIMSS Analytics website, details progress on these efforts.   The research suggests that just one-third of hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics sample on medical device utilization indicated they had an active interface between medical devices at their organization and their electronic medical record (EMR).

Those hospital respondents with such an interface in place also indicated the ability to automatically chart data from the device directly to the EMR as the primary reason they employ this interface between devices and their EMR.

The research, conducted from June 2009 – June 2010, explored the number of types of devices in place at an organization, not the overall number of devices present. The survey included data from 825 U.S hospitals responding to questions about medical devices in general and how/if these devices are integrated into the EMR environment. 

“The transfer of data directly from a medical device to the EMR can reduce potential medical errors and improve patient care because no manual transfer of data takes place,” said John H. Daniels, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CHPS, Vice President, Healthcare Organizational Services, for HIMSS.  “Such data integration also improves workflow by saving time for clinical staff, a valuable benefit when looking at nursing shortages in healthcare.”

The devices included in the survey are:

  • Cardiac Output Monitors
  • Defibrillators
  • Fetal Monitors
  • Electrocardiographs
  • Infant Incubators
  • Infusion Pumps
  • Intelligent Medical Device Hubs
  • Interactive Infusion Pumps
  • Physiologic Monitors
  • Ventilators
  • Vital Signs Monitors

Other findings include:

  • Most hospitals relied on the Wired LAN connection as the sole method of connectivity between EMRs and medical devices.
  • Only 8 percent of respondents reported that their hospital relies solely on wireless connections.
  • None of the hospitals in the sample report use all 11 medical devices tracked by the research.
  • Thirteen (13) percent use 10 of the devices and another third use nine of the devices.  Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) use eight of the 11 devices.  Less than 10 percent of the hospitals in this sample have deployed five or fewer of these devices.
  • Defibrillators are the most widely deployed device type with 99 percent of the hospitals reporting this type of device in use.
  • 90 percent of hospitals use physiologic monitors (97 percent), electrocardiographs (97 percent) and vital signs monitors (94 percent).
  • Least frequently deployed are intelligent medical device hubs; only 11 percent of the hospitals in this sample reported using this type of device.

While saturation exists in electrocardiographs, defibrillators, physiologic monitors, ventilators and vital signs monitors, with at least 90 percent of the market using this technology market growth opportunities exist for:

  • interactive infusion pumps,
  • fetal monitors,
  • infant incubators, and
  • the limited number of hospitals now interfacing their devices and EMRs. 

The table below outlines the percent of hospitals that have a deployed device and interface of at least one of those devices to the EMR. 

Device Number Deployed Percent Interfaced with EMR
Defibrillator 815 1.60  percent
Physiologic Monitors 798 24.30 percent
Electrocardiograph 796 15.10 percent
Vital Signs Monitors 779 6.80 percent
Ventilators 750 9.30 percent
Fetal Monitor 590 19.00 percent
Infant Incubator 566 2.70 percent
Infusion Pump 527 3.40 percent
Cardiac Output Monitor 474 7.50 percent
Interactive Infusion Pump 406 6.90 percent
Intelligent Medical Devices Hub 92 71.70 percent

With requirements for meaningful use Stages 2 and 3 released over the next three to five years, more hospitals are expected to develop interfaces between their EMRs and medical devices since medical device interoperability is one of the meaningful use Stage 3 goals outlined to achieve and improve performance and support patient care processes.   

“The benefits of utilizing intelligent medical devices to provide safer care are clear,” said Anthony Shimkin, Vice President of Marketing at Lantronix.  “Lantronix is committed to meeting the device connectivity needs of hospitals while supporting their drive toward achieving meaningful use goals.” 

Read the white paper Medical Devices Landscape:  Current and Future Adoption, Integration with EMRs, and Connectivityon the HIMSS Analytics website.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  The company collects and analyzes healthcare information related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions.  HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality products, services and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org for more information.

About Lantronix
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a global leader of secure communication technologies that simplify remote access, management and control of any electronic device. With over 650 hospital and medical manufacturer customers worldwide, along with a dedicated health care team, we are committed to enabling safer, higher quality care delivery. Easy to integrate and deploy, Lantronix products remotely connect and control electronic equipment via the Internet, provide secure remote access to firewall-protected equipment, and enable remote management of IT equipment over the Internet.  Lantronix serves some of the largest medical, security, industrial and building automation, transportation, retail/POS, financial, government, consumer electronics/appliances, IT/data center and pro-AV/signage entities in the world.  Since 1989, we have connected over 2 million devices across 10,000+ customers globally – every 10 seconds of the work day, Lantronix enables another device on the network.  The company's headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif.  For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.

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Media Contacts:
Joyce Lofstrom / HIMSS
312-915-9237 – jlofstrom@himss.org

Mark D. Tullio
Director of Marketing and Communications
949. 453.7124


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