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SAN DIEGO—Promoting data sharing and medical device interoperability can help improve patient care and clinical decision making, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.

Most medical devices currently used in the operating room environment are not designed to interconnect with each other, according to Julian M. Goldman, MD, an anesthesiologist and medical director of biomedical engineering at Mass General Brigham Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system based in Boston. Finding solutions for better communication and data sharing between these devices can lead to improved health care systems and patient care.

Dr. Goldman and his team unveiled a prototype for a pulseless electrical activity (PEA) app during the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (scientific and educational exhibit S15) to demonstrate the value that “medical device informatics” can bring to clinical care. The exhibit received the 2015 Scientific and Educational Exhibits First Place award.

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