I’m proud to be part of a company that works with leading hospitals including UCSF, Mount Sinai, and many others who are on the forefront of innovation in healthcare. But at its core, while some hospitals have embraced transformation, most remain stuck in the past, and here’s why.
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The combination of legislative, technological, and market pressures has created a digital transformation imperative in healthcare.
For healthcare IT teams, addressing this imperative requires the the ability to expose and orchestrate data between clinical and non-clinical systems, while doing so in a way that promotes reuse and accelerates project delivery.
One of the most challenging aspects of modern medicine is managing the care of the chronically ill. In 2010, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, 86 percent of all healthcare spending in the US went towards conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity; cancer care alone cost $157 billion. The costs come when these conditions manifest themselves in crises which require expensive hospital stays and costly medication. It would be cheaper and easier to manage these conditions on an ongoing basis,
At Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering, Apple, explained the driver for Apple Health and Healthkit as the need for greater interoperability between systems. He said, “Up to now, the information gathered by those (health) applications lives in silos … You can’t get a single, comprehensive picture of your health situation.”
Craig, we couldn’t agree more!
Sure, the continuing development of wearable devices promises a future in which all of us will have a better understanding and ultimately greater ownership of our health.
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