Please read this great article about a talk given by Former President Bill Clinton at the Masimo Patient Safety Science and Technology Summit, this past January in Orange County, California. The underlying message and core philosophy in President Clinton’s speech mirrors mine exactly! Simply put, through the “smart” implementation of technology in medicine we really can ELIMINATE the 200,000 tragic deaths, like my beautiful daughter Emily’s, that occur every year as a result of preventable medical errors.
The main goal of the conference that former President Clinton took part in was to get manufacturers and developers of health monitoring devices to share information with one another in an effort to reduce unnecessary patient deaths in the United States. One of my favorite lines from his speech was as follows, “There need be no evildoers in this story. There’s just human nature and the nature of human development. Institutions have become ossified and rigid… where position is more important than purpose, or people get overwhelmed by complexity.” Because of this conference 8 major medical device manufacturers agreed to share data. This is a breakthrough we can all be excited about!