Interop Endorsements

Medical Society Endorsements of Interoperability

 Sixteen Medical Societies Have Endorsed Medical Device Interoperability.

June 2009:
The American Medical Association (AMA) endorsement of interoperability
AMA Resolution H-480.953 Interoperability of Medical Devices
Our American Medical Association believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. Our AMA also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico-legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve optimum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit while preserving incentives to ensure continuing innovation. (res. 519, A-09)
Note: The Missouri , Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Michigan State Medical Associations, and the Endocrine Society, American Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, the Urology Society, and American College of Pathology all spoke in favor of this resolution.
 
Source: The AMA PolicyFinder database. Search on "medical device interoperability". Also contained in this report.

November 15, 2008:
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) endorsement of interoperability
The MMS believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices (e.g. noninvasive blood pressure cuffs, EKGs, pulse oximeters) could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. The MMS also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit.

October 22, 2008
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) endorsement of interoperability
The ASA believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. The ASA also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit.

October 19, 2008
The Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) endorsement of interoperability
STA believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. STA also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit.

July 2008:
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) endorsement of interoperability
"WFSA believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. WFSA also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit.
The WFSA realizes the great variability in anesthesia delivery worldwide. In those countries where technology has evolved to a high level, these recommendations should be analyzed for possible implementation. In those countries still developing their technological monitoring, this document should serve as a guide for how safe and coordinated monitoring could be applied."


April 2008:
The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) endorsement of interoperability

"SAGES believes that intercommunication and interoperability of electronic medical devices could lead to important advances in patient safety and patient care, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. SAGES also recognizes that, as in all technological advances, interoperability poses safety and medico legal challenges as well. The development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety, efficiency, and outcome benefit."


March 11, 2007:
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation endorsement of Interoperability

"The APSF believes that intercommunication and interoperability of devices could lead to important advances in patient safety, and that the standards and protocols to allow such seamless intercommunication should be developed fully with these advances in mind. APSF also recognizes that as in all technologies for patient safety, interoperability poses safety and medicolegal challenges as well. Development of standards and production of interoperable equipment protocols should strike the proper balance to achieve maximum patient safety and outcome benefit."

April 2005:
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt
, stated as part of his remarks on the conclusion of the Commission of Systemic Interoperability, Ending the Document Game: Connecting and Transforming Your Healthcare Through Information Technology, "We will move our healthcare system to the plug-and-play world. As a result of this move, we will see fewer medical mistakes, lower costs, better care, and less hassle."