It’s been heralded as the simplest and most useful advance to patient safety but has thus far seemed elusive. It’s a concept called “interoperability” and it’s thought that by allowing medical devices to work together that hospitals will be able to deploy predictive algorithms and decision support which may save hundreds of thousands of patients from undiagnosed conditions or medical errors.

The Need for Open Data: Since 2013, Patient Safety Movement Foundation has brought competing medtech companies like Zoll, Medtronic, Masimo, Philips, GE Healthcare and Drager together in the name of patient safety. These companies have pledged to open the data their devices are purchased for, without blocking, interfering with data sharing or charging. What began with nine companies opting to sign the Open Data Pledge in 2013 has now grown to 89 companies. And thanks to open data pledges like these, hospitals will soon be able to rely on predictive algorithms and decision support to help them save their patients’ lives and improve their outcomes.

The team of expert panelists below are on the “Healthcare Technology Leadership Panel” at the 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit on January 19th at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.

  • Moderator Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic
  • Anders Wold, President and CEO, GE Healthcare Clinical Care Solutions
  • Ed Cantwell, President and CEO, Center for Medical Interoperability
  • Donald Rucker, MD, MBA, MS, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jan Kimpen, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Royal Philips
  • Katherine Kay, RN, Patient Advocate


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