Increasing device interoperability could save $30B annually

Interoperability also could improve care quality

The United States could save more than $30 billion in annual health care costs by adopting national interoperability standards for medical devices, according to a white paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Gary and Mary West Health Institute.

FTC considers interoperability, competition in health IT markets

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 write that stakeholders must "collaborate and partner to promote the development and adoption" of interoperability.

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a release, "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 [subscription required]).

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