Plug-and-play architectures for medical devices are becoming the norm over time. This plug-and-play interoperability extends not only to integration with EMR but also between medical balloon devices that can communicate and share data as part of the standard of care.
Additionally, automated control of medical balloon devices will also become the norm, although it may take some time to implement in clinical settings.
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Controlling or changing the settings or operation of medical devices can be a risky business. Life support equipment should be monitored by trained clinical staff. Manufacturers of such devices must commit to careful research using live patients to ensure that adequate safety and backup systems are in place to reduce harm and risk as much as possible.
Trusting the process of maintaining the life of computer algorithms and hardware that has no predictive and long-term knowledge from the patient implies that all relevant information is identified, measured, and processed to ensure safe and correct operation.
Although this can be achieved to some extent in a highly controlled environment, the relationship between the many variables and their impact, both individually and collectively, in predicting patient system response is highly questionable. This does not mean that such a system cannot be implemented.
Automatic control system
Using automated methods to manage medical devices is not a new concept. Ideas and methods in this regard have been described in the literature and have been considered for many years, particularly in the area of weaning patients from mechanical ventilation. Other applications include automatic drug delivery in infusion pumps and pacemakers.