Take a time machine back 100 years to 1914. What would the field of radiology look like? That’s exactly what the RSNA organization is asking participants at this years’ annual conference. It’s easy to see the advancements made in imaging technology the past 100 years, most of it occurring after 1960 when computers became more widespread.
What about radiology data interoperability over the past century?
The ANA is now requiring multiple documentation whenever possible. The new guidelines also states that hospitals using both paper and electronic medical documents, record when something is written down in the paper chart on the electronic record, and vice versa.
People with chronic diseases don’t suddenly decide that they’re over it and the novelty has worn off. Tracking and measuring—the quantified self—is what keeps them out of the hospital. And yet there are more developers who’d rather make a splash at a hackathon than create apps and devices for people who can benefit hugely from innovation in this area.
At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself whether it’s just the friction created by health-industry regulation—the HIPAA security rules and FDA approval (or waiver) process and the hassle of integration with legacy systems. Or is it too daunting for a twenty-something engineer to develop technology for people who aren’t like them at all? An obese diabetic on a motorized scooter? Or a frail old lady with memory loss? Or her caregiver? Someone who’s three bus transfers away from a doctor’s office?
Can our innovators rise to the challenge of an aging, chronically ill society whose medical costs are swamping our economy? Or will techies just click their heels together three times, and call Uber?
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has lost several key figures in recent months. An economic report suggests that meaningful use may have been a waste of money. Why is healthcare IT under such duress?
Being the "most clever" in the implementation is not as important as being clear and correct. I'm a Perl hacker from way back and I think Damian Conway said it best in Perl Best Practices when making the choice between a very obfuscated construct and a clean one: "[The more direct approach is] not 'clever' and it's even marginally slower, but it is clean, clear, efficient, scalable, and easy to maintain. And that's always a much better choice."
Developers know that testing all the edge cases is the hard part – positive and negative testing, code coverage, performance analysis, failure cases, etc. It is extremely expensive. In short, look to the quality of the interface that each product lets you produce.
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But many providers are still not leveraging the vast amounts of data that they are collecting to improve the quality of care, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce costs. Indeed, most information available to health care workers and managers is still retrospective. For instance, it is common for organizations to produce reports on infections and patient falls on a monthly basis and those reports only reflect what has already occurred, not what is happening now or is expected to occur in the future. (See this article on predictive analytics.) In this regard, health care is way behind manufacturing, consumer products, and financial services companies.
We love to celebrate the success of our customers. Their daily work improves access to health data – where and when it is needed – that improves patient care and truly saves lives. I can’t think of IT in any other industry that has such a direct impact on people’s lives as those who work in health IT.
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Perhaps, what we need to remember when dealing with customer data is that the purpose of any company is to solve the need of a person. Lose sight of that and we’ve probably fallen trap to “short-termism” and left with nothing but counting website clicks and likes instead of actual customers.