COVID-19 Put Demands on LIS/EMR Integration in Medical Device Instruments

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for accelerated investment in the digital health sector worldwide. With current and future strategies surrounding mass deployment and adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, medication management systems (eMeds), patient administration systems (PAS), and laboratory information systems (LIS), the immediate connectivity between a company’s medical device, or instrument, and the external system is vital. Whether your needs are downloading patient data from the hospital information system, providing integration between software written in different programming languages, or exchanging data with other devices or wearables, the systems need a way to communicate. 

e-Health Record Systems on Demand During Coronavirus Pandemic 

As healthcare professionals, under the watchful eye of the world, faced unprecedented challenges, EMR systems are adapting and adjusting requirements for patient care.  

“We have never had an international crisis of this proportion in the lifetime of the current EHR,” said Dana Bensinger MSN, RN-BC, informatics nurse specialist and client solution executive at consulting firm CTG. “Once things settle down, there will be a lot of analysis of how well our systems performed, what our areas of vulnerability are, and how we fix them for the future.” 

 With an unpredictable demand for hospital capacity, hospital IT departments are forced to deploy EMR systems to alternative care facilities. 

EMR’s were initially designed to enable medical information about patients to be readily available to doctors and health care workers across various practices and wherever the patient needed treatment. Where there is a human, there is human error and due to the haphazard rules and regulations set in place when EMR’s were designed in the last decade, interoperability between systems has been a giant concern. It has significantly hindered the flow of critical medical information. 

The RND Group LIS Connector Product as an Innovative and Successful Solution 

The RND Group’s LIS Connector significantly reduces human error during manual entry, boosts the quality of your workflow, and ensures that your results are reliable. The RND Group offers LIS integration services for both released medical device software products and those still in development. We offer an “off-the-shelf” product and the ability to customize the product to fit any customer need, which can help get your solution to market faster. 

 HL7, POCT1A, and ASTM are the predominant communication protocols for lab and diagnostic devices and are supported by an easy-to-use interface in our LIS Connector. 

Connecting Your Device 

While your company’s medical device or instrument may or may not need LIS, most lab and other medical teams are interested in working with devices that can connect to their IT environment and EHR. Whether you argue that we are still in a pandemic or not, being able to remotely download or send individual test results and orders is a crucial component of patient care. 

We typically include LIS integration with our clients’ medical device software project lifecycle, while other clients come to us solely for LIS integration.  

RND Group’s LIS Connector product has been successfully released in dozens of FDAapproved instrument software deployments. Our connector is a proven, verified product for integrating medical device software with LIS systems. No matter what your company’s goals are for your device, The RND Group solves your software challenges so you can focus on the science that makes your product unique.  

Want to see more evidence of RND’s proven methodology surrounding LIS connectivity? Check out the case studies below: 

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