Doctors and nurses in the intensive care units of hospitals have many processes to complete during their regular care for patients. Many of the processes involve the use of multiple machines and technologies; however, in many of these institutions, these machines are not integrated. The lack of integration among machines slows down the workflow within hospitals. Healthcare providers must individually collect data from each machine and organize the data in order to better understand their patients illness and state of health.

In an effort to streamline the workflow of healthcare providers, the John Hopkins University school of Medicine has teamed up with Microsoft to create Project Emerge. The project’s aim is to help hospitals develop a solution that collects data from the various pieces of equipment and uses it to identify key trends that will hopefully result in better patient care. Microsoft will be supplying the technical know-how and John Hopkins will be providing the industry expertise to create the best possible solution.

For interoperability to be brought to hospital machines, a cloud platform must be utilized. This is particularly important because devices need to share data in a common place to access relevant data. Furthermore, this centralized platform will create a way for doctors and nurses to see patient data in an organized format that is useful to them, as opposed to sifting through segmented data in hopes of piecing together a trend.

Hospitals are at the forefront of new and upcoming technology. However, a lack of machine integration makes it more difficult for healthcare providers to utilize this technologies full potential. Project Emerge should certainly prove to be useful in the future as patients will surely benefit from machine interoperability as it will allow doctors and nurses the ability to more quickly collect and analyze data regarding their patients. .

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