Biotronik announced it has successfully completed its final interoperability testing process to connect Biotronik Home Monitoring to electronic health record systems through the Biotronik EHR DataSync technology.
During the week of 9 January 2012, Biotronik participated in the “Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)” North American Connectathon in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to test its implantable device cardiac observation (IDCO) profile. This testing demonstrated the ability of Biotronik Home Monitoring to connect to third-party electronic health record systems and cardiovascular data management systems using defined industry standards. The connecting technology from the Biotronik Home Monitoring system to the electronic health record systems is called Biotronik EHR DataSync.
This connectivity achievement will enable physicians and hospitals to share data seamlessly, which should increase productivity, eliminate redundant medical device management systems and improve clinical decision making and quality of care. In this round of testing, Biotronik proved the ability of Biotronik EHR DataSync to connect with widely implemented electronic health record vendor systems (e.g., Epic and Medical Micrographics), as well as emerging and established cardiovascular data management systems (e.g., ScottCare’s OneView CRM).
“Electronic health records support efficient access to important patient healthcare information, so making this data readily available via secure data transport is vital,” said Jake Langer, president of Biotronik. “Streamlined connectivity to critical device and lead data is an increasingly important priority for physicians and the broader US healthcare network, and therefore Biotronik made it a priority too. This demonstration of our system’s broad capabilities proves Biotronik’s willingness and ability to provide yet another breakthrough, best-in-class innovation in accessing patient information.”
The IHE developed their testing process to promote the adoption of standards that enable healthcare information to be shared seamlessly across clinical settings. The IHE’s goals are to drive standards for interoperability, to increase efficiency, and to reduce costs to healthcare customers, such as those in the cardiology, radiology and laboratory markets.
About Biotronik EHR DataSync
Implantable cardiac devices are also designed to capture and record information about medical device performance and patient heart rhythms that is vital to patient care. Biotronik Home Monitoring quickly organises this information and allows data to be sent directly and securely to a clinic’s or a hospital’s electronic health record system. That data is then available to include in the patient’s personal health record.