Two big deals in Health 2.0

The Health Care Blog, October 2, 2009 — Matthew Holt
John Halamka writes about the small but important meeting this week at Harvard Medical School hosted by Zak Kohane and Ken Mandl. Because of the impending arrival of about 1,000 of my best friends next week at Health 2.0, I couldn’t go to that meeting. But it may be very important in putting the “cats and dogs” together to think about ways for new platforms with players like Halamka and David Kibbe (who have not been on the same side of these issues) both taking part…

NHIN: The New Health Internet?

Chilmark Research, October 1, 2009 — John Moore
Chilmark has not been a big fan of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) concept. It was, and in large part still is, a top heavy federal government effort to create a nationwide infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of clinical information. A high, lofty and admirable goal, but one that is…

Swiss Health Care Thrives Without Public Option

The New York Times, September 30, 2009 — Nelson Schwartz
ZURICH — Like every other country in Europe, Switzerland guarantees health care for all its citizens. But the system here does not remotely resemble the model of bureaucratic, socialized medicine often cited by opponents of universal coverage in the United States. Swiss private insurers are required to offer coverage to all citizens, regardless of age or medical history. And those people, in turn, are obligated to buy health insurance…

Open and Safe HIT Platforms

How much do you really want a HIT platform to be like an iPhone?


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The iphone, a poor HIT platform analogy

Fred Trotter Blog, August 30, 2009
Recently, a NEJM perspective article titled No Small Change for the Health Information Economy advocates that a Health IT platform should be created in imitation of some of the successful technology platforms in other areas. Specifically the iphone was mentioned. The relevant paragraph…

Toward a Modular EHR

Family Practice Management, July/August, 2009 — David Kibbe
The remarkable report “Initial Lessons From the First National Demonstration Project on Practice Transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” in the May/June Annals of Family Medicine, makes this point about…

Health Information Technology: The Case for a Sound Federal Policy

The Heritage Foundation, June 25, 2009 — Tevi Troy
Congress, through its enactment of the “stimulus” bill, is committed to spending $787 billion on various projects, including $20 billion to encourage doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). This new spending is a component of the Obama Administration’s health care agenda, which includes the promotion of health information technology (HIT)…

Ensuring Investment in Healthcare Information Technology Does Not Flatline

The Huffington Post, June 25, 2009 — John Kenagy
Given the $47 billion awarded in stimulus funding, it’s clear the government’s assumption is that healthcare information technology (IT) will deliver better care at lower cost. The IT industry and all the healthcare IT mavens are waving the flags and beating the drums…

Ten Principles for Fostering Development of an “iPhone-like” Platform for Healthcare Information Technology

Leading health care information technology researchers, physicians, and renowned experts in innovation released a set of core principles to guide the creation of a new health information infrastructure to better support the nation’s complex and evolving health system.

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Transcript: Health Info Tech Coordinator David Blumenthal

The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2009 — Bob Davis
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. David Blumenthal spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Bob Davis about how he plans to convince hospitals and doctors to computerize their records. Below is an edited transcript…