Call For Smarter Hospital Equipment And Alarms At AAMI Summit
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Executive SummaryAlarm-ready monitoring devices used in the hospital need to be smarter, which means comprehensive connectivity between devices and an improved ability to record and make sense of patient data over time, health care providers and FDA reps stressed at a conference last week.
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