The inaugural Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit made history when for the first time nine leading medical device companies publicly pledged to make their devices interoperable. The groundbreaking pledges will make patient data collected and displayed on their devices accessible for patients and clinicians – launching a movement designed to reverse the rising tide of preventable patient deaths at U.S. hospitals.
Cercacor, Cerner, Dräger, GE Healthcare Systems, Masimo, Smiths Medical, Sonosite, Surgicount, and Zoll each announced pledges of interoperability and patient data accessibility during the Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit. The Summit attracted hundreds of prominent doctors, hospital administrators, device makers and patient advocates from across the world, and challenged healthcare leaders to pledge to take actionable, accountable measures toward zero preventable patient deaths.
When first identified more than 10 years ago in the Institute of Medicine report “To Err Is Human,” nearly 100,000 hospital patients were dying unnecessarily each year. The hospital death toll has doubled since then, with more than 200,000 preventable patient deaths annually.1,2 Alarmed, Joe Kiani, founder and Chairman of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation & Competition in Healthcare, and the CEO of medical device company Masimo, created the Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit to bring visionary minds together to solve the patient safety problems we collectively face by connecting people, ideas and technologies.
“My fellow medtech CEOs have taken patient safety to heart in a way that this industry has never done before,” Kiani said. “I am proud to be standing with these eight other pioneers as we break down the walls of data ownership to empower patients and clinicians with device interoperability, information, and technology integration that will save lives and reduce costs. As other medical technology leaders become aware of what we have begun to accomplish, we look forward to announcing more companies committed to the same objective.”
Peter Provonost, Sr. Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, applauded the medical device companies for making public pledges.
“Thanks to these courageous leaders who have made public pledges, patients around the globe will be safer,” Pronovost said. “These companies are blazing a trail in the name of patient safety and dignity – a move that will elevate their standing in the medical community as well as the market.”
Editor’s note: To speak with the CEOs of the companies who made pledges, contact Mike Drummond at the Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit, firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 648-2269.
- Daniel R. Levinson, Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, November 2010;
- Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson M, eds. To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine; 1999, p. 1.
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