Healthcare providers in the U.S. are acutely aware of the importance of having ready access to reliable, safe and secure systems and medical devices for use during the hundreds of millions of patient encounters that occur each year. These encounters, as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include 35 million hospital discharges, 100 million hospital outpatient visits and 900 million physician office visits.
Securing and monitoring the nation's health care systems, medical devices, and associated bio-device networks is an integral ingredient for the safe,effective, patient centered, timely and equitable delivery of care defined by the Institute of Medicine. The adoption of technology and safe computing is vital to the current U.S. government administration's health care reform strategies. The government, including leadership in Congress and the Food and Drug Administration, is engaged in legislation and regulatory activities that will acutely impact health care technology and medical devices.
Our consortium is focused on optimizing the relationship between the quality of health care and the process of assessing and ensuring that devices and systems are secure and functioning in a safe and efficacious manner.
While the group’s CTO Wayne Kubick supports the move from an outdated, custom platform to a commercial EHR, organizations don’t need to be on the same platform to be interoperable, he said.
Limitations in its data system prevent metrics from capturing all provider types and provider workload – among other technical and policy flaws.
Two University of Michigan physicians explain how device info could be used to make better decisions and improve care.
Prototype could help by creating a digital identity for 1.1 billion people around the world who don’t have a formal ID.