Software conversions: Who's on first?
IT professionals should first make sure they understand all of the touchpoints of the system being converted – all of the interfaces that are dependent upon that system. Start with an architectural diagram so you can see the full footprint of what could be impacted by the system you're converting.
For integrating medical devices, this can be complex because data is flowing in from a wide range of devices hospital-wide. Medical device integration (MDI) implementations are often first-time installations rather than replacements. However, if it is a replacement or expansion project, a large number of additional devices could be added. In either case, the number of devices being connected to an information system can be large, and you should not underestimate the time required to understand and coordinate all this.