Healthcare IT News – Where Medicine and IT Meet

Healthcare IT vendors should make it a point to stay abreast of the latest healthcare IT news doing the rounds. Here’s something HIT vendors can take note of if they want to sell their wares to physicians.

Medicine and IT certainly meet somewhere. This was very much evident at a recently-held meeting of President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

At the meeting, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had engaged physician and health policy expert Dr Atul Gawande in a witty exchange. The doctor had recently published a book – The Checklist Manifesto – which promotes checklists as a way to improve health care quality and at the same time bring down delivery costs.

Schmidt responded by asking Gawande to imagine how it would be like to visit a doctor five years down the line. For the Google CEO, in his ideal world, what would happen is that the doctor would type in the symptoms she observes and it would be matched against the data in this repository. Then this knowledge engine would use best practices, and all the knowledge everywhere to give physicians some sort of standardized guidance. It baffles him why medicine has not organized itself around these platform opportunities.

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