We’re working to link all points of care and facilitate seamless data flow among medical devices to improve patient safety. The resulting annual savings to the healthcare system could be more than $30 billion*.

we’re addressing

Public Policy

We’re advocating policy changes to include medical device data in all discussions regarding EHR interoperability.


Our work supports the widespread adoption of existing interoperability standards for medical devices and EHRs.

Use case

We’re strengthening the use case for medical device interoperability by quantifying the potential savings and highlighting the magnitude of the problem.

Our solution

We’re dedicated to solving the challenges that hospitals face in making information flow across the devices, machines and IT systems used in patient care.

Our work advancing interoperability

Center for Medical Interoperability

In late 2013, with a significant grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Center for Medical Interoperability was launched with personnel and royalty-free technology licensed from the West Health Institute.

The Center for Medical Interoperability is accelerating the seamless exchange of information by solving the shared technical challenges facing health systems today. Its solutions will empower patients, healthcare professionals and our nation to optimize the use of health information.

The Center is a member organization led by executives from some of the country’s premier health systems – for-profit, not-for-profit, academic and public – who are dedicated to empowering patients, healthcare professionals, the healthcare marketplace and our nation to optimize the use of health information. Anchoring the Center’s efforts is a lab where solutions are collaboratively developed, tested and honed.

A 501(c)(3) established to achieve plug-and-play interoperability, the Center is committed to leveraging the market presence and expertise of its members to compel change and improve the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare.

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Our Research


PDF Feb 24

The Value of Medical Device Interoperability

An analysis by the West Health Institute was released at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health

PDF Feb 24

Interoperability: A call to action. HCI-DC 2014

West Health Institute and ONC Launch Call to Action via HCI-DC White Paper

PDF Mar 23

A Nurses Survey on Interoperability and Improved Patient Care

Issue Brief

PDF Apr 03

Public Comments on ONC Interoperability Roadmap

Dr. Karen DeSalvo Acting Assistant Secretary for Health National Coordinator for Health IT U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 West Health Institute Comments on ONC Interoperability Roadmap

Infographic Mar 26

Unconnected Devices Impact Nurses Infographic

Nurses Survey Says Medical Errors Could Be Reduced If Devices Were Connected

Infographic Feb 07

Medical Device interoperability – Case Study: Drug Errors

Medication errors can stem from errors in drug ordering by the physician, order transcription by various clinicians, drug dispensing by the pharmacist and drug administration at the point of care.

Infographic May 07

Medical Device interoperability – Case Study: Missed Diagnoses

Diagnostic errors result from a variety of root causes, such as a failure to account for symptoms, order appropriate tests and consider all relevant diagnoses. Medical device interoperability can reduce such errors by making symptom readings available in real time and pushing test results to a care provider in a timely and clear manner.

Infographic Jan 02

Medical Device Interoperability

Medical Device Interoperability – the ability of health information to be shared seamlessly across medical devices and systems – is a cornerstone to improving care coordination and the delivery of healthcare to the automated, connected and coordinated future care we all imagine.