Emerging Consensus to Create a ‘Health Internet’ With Broad Consumer Engagement

Boston Children’s Hospital Newsroom, October 9, 2009 — Keri Stedman/Rob Graham
As government, industry and academic leaders work to transform the nation’s health information system, there is increasing interest in the notion of a national health information network in which consumers can actively engage, and which can provide the foundation for an “iPhone-like” ecosystem of applications to compete on price and value. In such an ecosystem, purchasers of applications–whether physicians and hospitals buying electronic health records, or patients and consumers buying technology to support wellness and disease management–would be able to easily substitute any application for any other…