Increasing Medical Device Interoperability Would Save $30B Annually

March 25, 2014 in News

The U.S. could save more than $30 billion in annual health care costs by adopting national interoperability standards for medical devices, according to a white paper by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Modern Healthcare reports.

According to the white paper, developing such interoperability standards could:

  • Boost communication between medical devices;
  • Decrease the cost of patient care;
  • Improve the quality of patient care; and
  • Increase medical device efficiency.

The report’s authors said stakeholders must “collaborate and partner to promote the development and adoption” of interoperability.

In a release, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said, “ONC envisions an information-rich, consumer-centered health care system that allows a patient’s health information to follow them wherever they get their care” (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 3/24).

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