Medical device company, Medtronic, is the latest eHealth organisation to sign the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s (PSMF) public pledge to share their data to promote patient safety.

To date, 63 international companies have pledged to share their data including Cerner, GE Healthcare, IBM Watson Health, Oracle and Philips Healthcare.

By signing the Open Data Pledge, eHealth organisations agree to allow access to all available acute clinical data generated by their products used in hospitals and in outpatient practice settings to interested parties that want to use them to help minimise preventable patient complications and death.

Providing researchers and entrepreneurs with critical information can help them develop and accelerate solutions to improve patient care. This information includes predictive algorithms that can notify clinicians and patients of possible dangerous trends – allowing for intervention earlier.

In addition to the pledge, Medtronic has committed $5 million to the PSMF over a five-year period, and Medtronic’s CEO, Omar Ishrak, will join the PSMF’s Board of Directors.

“At Medtronic, we’re committed to improving the lives of people through our medical technologies and services. Joining the Patient Safety Movement is a natural fit,” said Ishrak.

“We are very impressed by the progress the Patient Safety Movement has made in focusing the healthcare industry on eliminating preventable deaths. To get to zero preventable deaths, all parties will have to work together. Our pledge is to work closely with the PSMF and share our data to help eliminate preventable deaths,” continued Ishrak.

“We are very happy to have Medtronic join the Patient Safety Movement. Medtronic has a rich history in making technologies that improve patient care, with products throughout hospitals, that will now be able to feed data into each Patient’s Data Superhighway for the benefit of each patient,” said Founder of the PSMF, Joe Kiani.

“Medtronic’s pledge and grant will greatly help us achieve our goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020. We are now a giant step closer to creating the Patient Data Superhighway that will significantly improve patient safety. Data sharing is an inevitable part of the science and business of medical innovation. It is the right thing to do, and visionary companies are beginning to realise how important it is to share data. We commend Medtronic for putting patient safety first and joining us to eliminate preventable deaths in hospitals,” concluded Kiani.

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