The companies listed below represent the 80+ companies including Drager, Edwards, Fujifilm-Sonosite, GE Healthcare, IBM Watson, Masimo, Medtronic, Philips and ZOLL have taken decisive action by signing the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Open Data Pledge, first established in 2012.

In this Pledge these medtech and healthcare technology companies have agreed that they will not knowingly interfere or charge for the data their products are purchased for, subject to all applicable privacy laws. You can view the standard language of the Open Data Pledge here.

What action can hospital leaders take to help promote data sharing and interoperability?

Decisionmakers in the hospital have the power when purchasing new systems and devices to change their standardized procurement language to promote interoperability.

Specifically, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation recommends adding to standardized procurement language that “the vendor will share the data their devices are purchased for without knowing interference or charge”. If the vendor won’t sign it, and there is another option, give your business to the vendor that will sign the contract that promotes interoperability. By including this language, vendors that are charging to share data or are interfering with data sharing will see that their business is going elsewhere and may change their ways, for the better.