A successful strategy is crucial to helping guide decisions throughout an organization, making it critical that it be in alignment with the organizational goals that it is designed to support. If the strategy is developed without a clear understanding of those goals, then resources, effort, and money can easily be misappropriated.
When it comes to information technology, a strategy would not be complete without a thorough architecture covering all aspects of an enterprise. However, one of the challenges for developing that strategy is to look into the future and make plans for current infrastructures as well as potential emerging technologies. A good enterprise architecture will assist in keeping the focus on growth and the necessary predecessors to get there.
With respect to integrating medical device data with the electronic health record (EHR), the strategy needs to look at the current and long term needs of the organization in order to maximize the investment of the medical device information system (MDIS). Gone are the days when the ICU is considered the only location for integration of medical devices.
The vast amount of patient data that can be collected and analyzed for real-time clinical decision support can lead to better outcomes. The more medical devices that are connected to the EHR and other information systems, the greater the amount of patient data that can be evaluated for clinical decisions. Developing a MDIS strategy will help guide the organization's goals and plans over a long term period and keep the organization focused on their patients as they pursue expanding their use of medical device data.