49 companies sign Patient Safety Movement's Open Data Pledge

In 2013, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation launched the Open Data Pledge, a public oath to share data and promote patient safety. Three years later, the foundation has announced a total of 49 technology companies have signed the pledge.

The 49 companies have agreed to foster a marketplace of data analytics that encourages entrepreneurs to develop novel uses of health data that will improve patient safety and reduce preventable deaths. By sharing data on what products are being purchased, these companies make it easier for researchers to identify dangerous trends and warn clinicians and patients.

"We thank each and every one of these companies who are leading the way to safer patient care by giving their data," said Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. "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. So what we've started here to treat the third leading cause of death — preventable patient harm, may one day even help the first and second causes of death."

Big name companies that have signed the pledge include Cerner, DebMed, GE Healthcare, IBM Watson Health and Oracle, to name a few.

For a complete list of the companies that have made the Open Data Pledge, click here.



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