Once obscure research tools, medical devices today are nearly ubiquitous in healthcare. An acutely ill patient, for example, can be monitored by dozens of medical devices, creating thousands of data points daily.

Historically, medical device data has been isolated or trapped in silos. It has unique communication protocols, physical connections, update rates and terminology. Key advances have put medical devices on the precipice of an evolutionary leap from charting and documentation to active patient monitoring and intervention.

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