Survey: Lack of device connectivity leads to medical errors and $30B+ annual cost

The transcription of medical data from devices by nurses is a common source of medical errors that costs the U.S. healthcare system upward of $30 billion. That’s according to a survey and other data assembled by a nonprofit medical research organization, the West Health Institute.

In a January survey of 526 nurses, half of them said they had witnessed a medical error resulting from the lack of medical device coordination in hospitals. These include everything from infusion pumps to ventilators, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs and electronic health records.

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