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Don’t let obsolete devices jeopardize your medical data

As anyone with a mobile phone can attest, technology is moving so fast it doesn’t take long for the next big thing to become antiquated. This rapid rate of change creates many challenges, and one of the most critical is the retention of important information even as the devices collecting and storing that information become obsolete.

In fact, a study by the University of British Columbia tracking the accessibility of scientific data over time found that 80 percent is lost within two decades thanks to outmoded storage devices and old email addresses.

Now imagine all the clinical and operational data that’s collected within hospital walls, data that must be retained when new technology and new clinical devices are installed. 


Mickey Norris, LUMEDX Southeast Sales VP and General Manager, talks about preserving crucial data.

“As devices become obsolete, we remove them from service and bring in something new,” says Mickey Norris, Southeast Sales VP and General Manager at LUMEDX. “But the problem is that when you remove these devices from service, you’re also removing all the data they collected in the past. So, as you throw out the device you risk throwing out years of relevant data.”

While some device information is transmitted to another system, like an EHR, if it is not captured as discrete data it is not available for analysis. This problem can be avoided by extracting discrete data elements, he says. LUMEDX’s database is designed to extract more than 20,000 data elements from the start, according to Norris.

“We believe that any piece of information that’s collected is going to be relevant. Maybe you don’t see the value of that data point today, but you will in the future,” he added. “Most of the time we don’t know what’s going to be relevant in the future, but if we’ve collected it we can take that information and act upon it in the future.”

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Posted by Jana Ballinger Tuesday, September 05, 2017 1:16:00 PM Categories: data devices health information technology

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