Expert Panel Discussion on Bio-Med and the CIO
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Hospital information systems are forging a link between biomedical engineering and the CIO. Biomed departments are increasingly reporting to the IT department as the integration of biomed and IT promises to improve quality and streamline care. This online executive dialogue explores the relationship between biomed and IT. Expert CIOs discuss their relationships with biomed, including barriers to integration. They share their thoughts and experiences on various reporting structures and EHR development. Other topics to be addressed include security challenges, strategic planning and the placement of biomed devices on the wireless network.
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Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Visalia, Calif.
Chief Information Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Vice President of Sales, Patient Monitoring and Perioperative Solutions, Dräger Medical, Inc., Telford, Penn.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Chicago BioMedicine Information Services, University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences
Vice President and CIO, HealthAlliance, Leominster, Mass.
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Question 1 - Infrastructure/Technology Development and StrategyWhat is the reporting structure for your biomed department? Does biomed report up through IT or are they separate departments? If separate, is there a plan to combine them? Should the IT and biomedical departments merge and become one entity under technology management? What advantages would this structure provide?
Question 2 - Infrastructure/Technology Development and StrategyHas your organization developed a strategic plan for integrating all networked (both wired and wireless) medical devices? If so, who was involved in the development process? Have you created a strategic business plan that shows how the use of device technologies can provide a ROI, productivity and quality?
Question 3 - Infrastructure/Technology Development and StrategyWhat are the barriers to integration? How is your organization approaching the integration of biomed devices with clinical information systems?
Question 4 - Infrastructure/Technology Development and StrategyWhat is your role in affecting change to the clinical pathways (or improved workflows) in the hospital? Who are the key stakeholders in the integration process and how do you involve or interact with them?
Question 5 - Infrastructure/Technology Development and StrategyAn increasing number of medical devices capture unique slices of patient information. What is your view of the information these devices capture as it relates to your overall EMR strategy? Are medical devices becoming part of that strategy?
Question 6 - Operational/TacticalHow do you determine what data should be transferred from the device to the EHR? How do you determine how long that information should be stored?
Question 7 - Operational/TacticalWhat do you see as the value to your organization for placing medical devices on the wireless network? Does leveraging existing infrastructure assist with managing resources, especially as compared with single-use (proprietary or dedicated) infrastructures?
Question 8 - Operational/TacticalDoes the integration of medical devices raise unique security challenges? If so, what are they and what sort of precautions are you taking?
Question 9 - Future Regulatory/Standards RequirementsHave you looked at establishing policies in line with pending IEC 80001? What are your plans for incorporating this as part of your overall strategic wireless and mobility computing plan?