WASHINGTON, DC: A coalition of technology giants took to the stage in an unscheduled session at the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the White House yesterday, pledging to remove interoperability barriers that silo health data in different systems. 

Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce came together in the extraordinary showing as the global heavy-hitters joined in committing to work together to improve data exchange by embracing FHIR, the Argonaut Project and other leading edge tech innovations. 

Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, lead the session and described the pledge as "a commitment to eliminate the friction that exists in the healthcare systems today."

He said great strides forward could be achieved with "cloud computing and cloud architecture moving toward open standards through FHIR and the Argonaut project."

Microsoft corporate vice president Peter Lee said his company is committed to taking a leading role in moving the sector forward. 

"We see this as a historic moment where we can intervene in just the right ways as healthcare shifts to the cloud and makes AI available," Lee said.

IBM's head of global product and AI Mark Dudman said removing all barriers to the interoperability of health data would empower patients and benefit their care.

"Patients should have access to their data and have the flexibility to use products and services across different systems to work seamlessly for their care," Dudman said.

Gregory Moore, Google’s vice president of healthcare and life sciences, said the company is also committed to enabling connected care. 

Originally published on the US edition of Healthcare IT News.

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