The Gary and Mary West Foundation has provided the initial grant funding to create a new San Diego-based Center for Medical Interoperability Inc.

The independent nonprofit will be led by hospitals and health systems to help medical devices become interoperable, with an ultimate aim to improve patient safety and lower health care costs.

The center will be established with personnel and royalty-free technology licensed from the West Health Institute, a La Jolla medical research organization with a mission to curb health care costs. An analysis from West Health has estimated that improved medical device interoperability could save more than $30 billion per year in U.S. health care costs.

Ed Cantwell, previously head of the medical grade wireless utility section at West Health, will become the new center’s executive director. Michael Johns, former chancellor of Emory University and CEO of its Health Sciences Center, is the new nonprofit’s founding chairman of the board.

— SDBJ Staff Report