Forty-nine healthcare technology companies have signed the Patient Safety Movement Foundation's Open Data Pledge, promising to share their data to promote patient safety.
The announcement on Tuesday comes just days after Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell revealed in her keynote at HIMSS16 that health IT companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by U.S. hospitals had pledged to implement three core commitments to improve the flow of health information to consumers and healthcare providers: consumer access, no information blocking and standards implementation.
Cerner, Epic and Meditech were among those who answered the federal government's call to sign the pledge.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation pledge is similar – designed to foster a marketplace of data analytics to encourage entrepreneurs to develop novel uses of health data that will improve patient safety and reduce preventable deaths.
"From nine companies in 2013 to now, 49 companies have made the pledge to share their data with whomever can use the data to create analytics and algorithms that may detect the ailment of the patient, and predict the patient's health and direction of health to help caregivers prevent harm before it happens," said Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, in a statement. "With data sharing, we will hopefully also unlock the mysteries behind cancer and heart disease and help identify therapies that are most likely to work."
Companies can make their pledge online.
These 49 companies have made a pledge to share data:
ATL Technology, LLC
CorCardia Group Inc.
CRISI Medical Systems, Inc.
S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.
ExCor Technologies, LLC
SurgiCount Medical, Inc.
IBM Watson Health