Information Technology Industry (ITI) member companies in the health tech space have announced their commitment to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI.

The pledge was signed by Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.

“The announcement will be a catalyst to creating better health outcomes for patients at a lower cost,” said ITI President and CEO, Dean Garfield.

“As transformative technologies like cloud computing and AI continue to advance, it is important that we work towards creating partnerships that embrace open standards and interoperability,” continued Garfield.

By signing the pledge, the health tech companies are committing to helping to advance open healthcare standards such as HL7, FHIR and the Argonaut Project and to unlock the potential in healthcare data, to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.

“At Google Cloud, we are committed to enabling interoperability of healthcare data through AI and the Cloud,” said Vice President of Healthcare at Google Cloud, Gregory J. Moore MD, PhD.

“We are pleased to join others in the technology and healthcare ecosystem in this joint commitment to remove barriers and create solutions for the adoption of technologies for healthcare data interoperability. This will enable the delivery of high quality patient care, higher user satisfaction, and lower costs across the entire healthcare ecosystem,” continued Moore.

Head of Global Product & AI Development at IBM Watson Health, Mark Dudman, noted that IBM’s decision to sign the pledge is based on the belief that patients should have access to their data, and the flexibility to use products and services across different healthcare systems, with confidence that they all are working seamlessly for their care.

“We are proud to participate in this pledge and look forward to working with industry and the developer community to ensure appropriate access to data and the use of that data to support vibrant communities and solve health challenges for people everywhere,” said Dudman.

Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Healthcare, Dr Peter Lee, added how significant the cloud is in giving “opportunity to ensure that frictionless and secure interoperability of health data becomes a reality.”

“Microsoft is pleased to make this public commitment to work with great companies to create a foundation for a more intelligent, more cost-efficient, and more satisfying healthcare system,” concluded Dr Lee.

The pledge can be found here.

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