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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

delays in information transfer;
  • Device testing and development costs; and
  • Provider costs to integrate devices with electronic health records.
  • This analysis, driven by WHI's work with the Medical Device Interoperability Coordination Council (MDICC), also illustrates how interoperability can positively impact patient care with several case studies. For example, functional interoperability could prevent adverse events due to drug errors. If a cancer patient's pain medication is distributed by an infusion pump that receives direct information from that patient's vital sign monitor, it could ensure the patient isn't over-medicated by mistake; these systems are typically independent and require multiple manual settings, all of which increase the potential for error and raise costs.

    ABOUT WEST HEALTH INSTITUTE
    The Gary and Mary West Health Institute is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) medical research organization whose mission is to lower health care costs by developing innovative patient-centered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time. This is accomplished by conducting innovative medical research, educating key stakeholders and advocating on behalf of patients. Solely funded by pioneering philanthropists Gary and Mary West, the Institute is part of West Health, an initiative combining four separate organizations – the West Health Institute, the West Health Policy Center, the West Health Investment Fund and the West Health Incubator. The Institute is located in San Diego, California.  For more information, find us at www.westhealth.org and follow us @westhealth.


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