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New analysis by West Health Institute finds medical device interoperability could save more than $30 billion a year
Date:3/20/2013

th care delivery," said Smith. "Today's hospitals are filled with medical devices that are unable to share critical data, creating potential dangers to patients, as well as inefficiencies that put a tremendous financial burden on our health care system."

While there has been progress made in developing interoperability standards to date, the health care industry continues to fall short on adoption of those standards.

"Medical devices need to share data, based on standards, so that they can better inform clinicians and help patients," said Dr. Peter Pronovost , medical director for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care at John Hopkins University. "By doing so, we can both improve quality and reduce costs."

Analysis Design
The analysis, titled "The Value of Medical Device Interoperability: Improving patient care with more than $30 billion in annual health care savings," is a first-of-its-kind effort, and is a starting point to understand the true potential of a connected health care marketplace that currently doesn't exist.  WHI conducted interviews with industry stakeholders and used existing published research to estimate the financial impact on the U.S. health care system.

Download the full analysis here: www.westhealth.org/institute/interoperability

Key areas in the analysis that demonstrate potential improvement to health care from lowered costs, improved patient care and increased collaboration between health care delivery and the medical device industry include:

  • Adverse events avoidable with medical device interoperability;
  • Redundant testing resulting from inaccessible information;
  • Clinician time spent manually entering information;
  • Increased length of stay from
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