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New Analysis by West Health Institute Finds Medical Device Interoperability Could Save more than $30 Billion a Year

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 7:45am
Bio-Medicine.Org

WASHINGTON and SAN DIEGO, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis released today by the West Health Institute (WHI) at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health estimates that medical device interoperability – the ability of medical devices and health care systems to seamlessly communicate and exchange information – could be a source of more than $30 billion a year in savings and improve patient care and safety.

Dr. Joseph M. Smith , chief medical and science officer of WHI, shared the analysis as part of his testimony outlining regulatory and policy changes necessary to create integrated, interoperable systems to improve outcomes, lower costs and create higher-value health care focused on patient-centered solutions.

In a hospital today, patients at the point-of-care are treated with six to 12 medical devices in a typical intensive care unit, including defibrillators, electrocardiographs, vital sign monitors, ventilators, and infusion pumps. These devices are often from different manufacturers and not connected, requiring a costly, complex information technology (IT) infrastructure and introducing the potential for miscommunication that adversely affects patients.

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