Medical Device Interoperability: Collaboration is the New Competition in the Connected Health Ecosystem

By Santhosh Nair

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A hospital is one of the most complex ecosystems that exist today. Nowhere else exists a more diverse array of players, devices and standards as a hospital. Information must flow seamlessly through the hospital ecosystem, and this needs to be sustained through the life of the patient, for treatment and care to happen in a meaningful manner. The bar for safe and effective use of devices is very high, which is why so few devices make it to market – and why many devices fail after market.

Enter medical device interoperability.  This week I spoke at the Medical Device Summit in Boston on the topic of interoperability, and it is clear that it is a very hot topic in the healthcare segment right now.

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