A fundamental shift is rapidly taking place away from the traditional flow of information as defined by payers, physicians, hospital systems, and suppliers. It is clear that we are at the start of a major shift in the demand from consumers and providers for better information and easier ways to share experiences. All stakeholders in healthcare must immediately begin to confront the decision of how to interact with these new technologies and networks, and potentially adopt and integrate them into their business and technology strategies.
Traditionally science gives knowledge to clinicians, who in turn pass on this knowledge to medical patients.
However, in a modern healthcare settingproviders and patients need assistance in the acquisition of knowledge relevant to their conditions, treatment and the opportunity to discuss this knowledge with their peers, friends, family, advocates and other clinicians.
The problem is not a lack of will or incentive. Cutting through this Gordian Knot involves getting enough information from the physician, nurse and patients to ensure the proper outcome. Clinical databases are scarce in healthcare today and most analytical tools have trouble extracting meaningful information from free text, claims and pharmacy data.
Most EMR’s have not been designed as clinical systems and have trouble sending or accepting 3rd party clinical data. Every day the US generates millions of dictated and typed medical reports each requiring a laborious and time-consuming process of data entry and manipulation, where highly trained and expensive experts manually cull the needed information from each report. Many HIT vendors can’t support the granular clinical data culled out of these reports to meet meaningful use and other regulatory requirements put in place by the federal government.