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Connected Medicine Can Help the Healthcare Industry. An Alternative Future

June 18, 2010
by Michael Craige
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We all can envision how connected medicine is improving patient outcomes, lowers costs, keeps data secure and demonstrates word-class interoperability. Currently, many exsisting healthcare partnerships are showing the value of an integrated healthcare continuum - it's all in the best interest of patients, their families and society.

The leading Healthcare partnerships who are connecting medicine are patient-centric focused and lead by healthcare professionals, including Healthcare CIO, aimed to show how the underlying technology works and lending credibility to their experiences. With connected medicine patients experience a one-stop shop for healthcare solutions, from building new facilities to bringing Electronic Health Record systems in, to health analytics, handheld devices, telemedicine and interoperability, doctors and patients can have it all in a one-stop shop facility.

But how secure is the belief that we can depend on these partnerships and vendors to work together in the best interest of patients, our families and society. Furthermore, how do we ignite a connected renaissance to improve the quality, efficiency and availability of care around the world?

By connecting all parts of our fragmented healthcare into a connected electronic system based on a standardized technology infrastructure, we can successfully connect to connected medicine. One can see how a highly secure, yet pervasive healthcare exchange do for healthcare what information technologies have already done to reinvent financial transactions, industrial supply chains and the flow of news and information.

I strongly believes that connected medicine will help the our healthcare industry to enable patients data in many forms to be safely collected, shared and mined for profound societal health benefit and tranparency?
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Thanks Joe, I will make my next graphic a bit larger for the eyes.....smile!

The head of National Cancer Institute, caBIG is absolutely correct. I am also involved in the Biomedical Informatics space and often discuss how a truly connected healthcare system can harnesses the power of technology (linking genomic data and clinical records) to seamlessly integrate healthcare data and delivery between the patient and providers with others. The applications, technologies, and processes developed by the caBIG community and it's partners will give health systems, doctors, nurses, caregivers, families, and patients the tools they need to provide the best care.

Everybody wins when the patient is at the center of a connected continuum of care. But you are correct — "it gets much more contentious as you move to older patients and those who are not in imminent mortal distress." The revolution has yet to make it past the level of interoperability required and financial incentive barricades (our cocts are out of control), and to top things off quality is not what it should be.

There will be no one leader or leadrship boby from within or outside of our current healthcare systems. Its joint ventures line IBM's ® initiative with Google Health™ and groups and companies like the Continua Health Alliance and Cerner that will enables individuals and families to store and track their health information and stream data from medical devices through connected medicine.

There are some leaders appearing, healthcare providers and their government in Australia are using predictive health systems with advanced telemetry to monitor elderly patients in their homes, sharing health data instantly through Australia. This is one major step to defend against the "short-range" thinking and challenges of financial inadequacy posed by our status quo.

Additionally, from my perspective, we are on the brink of an extraordinary healthcare technology transformation. I believe a major technology player will also emerge as a result of younger consumers/patients who are proving that connected information is improving their health experiences, making every interaction - from a visit to the doctor to the way they interact with treatment and care — smarter and more productive.

Michael,
You painted a very clear vision and I liked the graphic (after I enlarged it so that I could read it!)

I attended a talk yesterday from the head of caBIG, the Cancer Bioinformatics Grid initiative inspired by NCI. He said that young people with cancer are completely open to sharing their treatment records. They cannot imagine an alternative. It appears to get much more contentious as you move to older patients and those who are not in imminent mortal distress.

The vision seemed to be based on a few reasonable assumptions, including FLOSS, Interoperability, and better commercial agreements.

The concept that the residents of status quo valley will rise and address the financial incentives conundrum is, of course, without historical precedent. Where do you think that leadership will actually come from and when?

Wayne Craige

Chief Executive Officer & Bio-medical Informatician

Wayne Craige

@wayne_craige

www.cidrep.com

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