EBME: improving efficiency and outcomes

The EBME Expo took place 28-29th June and proved to be a well-attended and informative event – providing a showcase for thought-provoking insights into biomedical engineering and operating theatre technology. Louise Frampton reports.

High on the agenda at EBME Expo 2022 was the increasing integration of medical device technologies and the interoperability challenges ahead. In the future, we will see increasing integration of a variety of data into the electronic patient record, with connected systems delivering intelligent clinical decision support. Artificial intelligence will also increasingly become part of this transformation.

Biomedical engineers will be tasked with managing medical devices within an increasing digital landscape – it will take engineers outside of their comfort zone and demand the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. However, we have a long way to go to get the basics right when it comes to integration of medical device technologies. 

Dr. Andrew Nyman, a medical information officer at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Hospital and an experienced paediatric critical care consultant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, has been heavily involved in a large digital transformation project in London, supported by the integration of electronic health records (provided by Epic). He pointed out that transformation will require significant investment in upgrading technologies.

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