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Open Data to Create a “Patient Data Super Highway”

Joe Kiani, Chairman, and CEO of the medical technology company, Masimo, founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to stem the needless deaths that occur in hospitals every day through preventable medical error. The goal is zero preventable deaths by 2020. One of the ways to reach such an aggressive goal is a concept called “interoperability” and he wants to use open data to create a “Patient Data Super Highway” to get to there. The first challenge is how to get competing MedTech companies like Philips, Medtronic, Masimo, and GE to work together on interoperability? The solution is through Open Data Pledges to amass data collected by various medical devices. Data sharing is the key along with protections for patient privacy, but the prize remains patient safety. The information is there, ready for any company or entrepreneur to figure out a way to take “interoperability and with it predictive algorithms and decision support” from concept to reality. What began with nine companies opting to sign Open Data Pledge in 2013 has now grown to nearly 100 companies, including giants GE, IBM Watson, Medtronic, and Philips, who have signed the pledge.