Morning eHealth: Nurses in Favor of Device Interoperability

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March 12, 2015

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NURSES IN FAVOR OF DEVICE INTEROPERABILITY: A new survey from Gary and Mary West Health Institute, conducted by Harris Poll, shows that many nurses believe medical errors could be reduced if the medical devices used by hospitals were connected to enable more information sharing. Of the 500 nurses who participated in the poll, half said they had “witnessed a medical error resulting from a lack of coordination among devices in a hospital setting.” In addition, 60 percent of respondents felt that these errors could be reduced if medical devices such as infusion pumps, ventilators and blood pressure cuffs were able to share data automatically. More on those survey results here:

West Health will be discussing these issues at an event at the Newseum today at 10 a.m., moderated by Vox’s Sarah Kliff, “Missed Connections, Costly Medicine: Front-line Views on Interoperability and Improved Patient Care.” Patricia H. Folcarelli, senior director of patient safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Bakul Patel, associate Director for digital health for the FDA, Joseph Smith and Nick Valeriani of West Health will be speaking.

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