Technology: The Health Care Paradigm Shift

I’ve been involved with health care (one way or another) long enough to realize that there is no such thing as “the right answer.” What works for one country (in terms of policy, regulations, insurance coverage etc) won’t necessarily work for another. Yet I’ve noticed that one key component that’s role has remained stable and constant throughout the tribulations of health care reform: technology. As someone put it: with healthIT innovations, its not that people SHOULD pursue ventures, its that people NEED to pursue ventures. The money is there, the need couldn’t be greater, and with ever-growing government regulation (MU etc), the adoption is there as well. These are probably the most exciting times in health care in the last century, and I’m glad to be young enough to get the full experience. Continue reading…

The 22nd Century Patient…Today

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the millennial patient, the person who is permanently connected to his/her health data. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of researching the many developments that health care has seen since the start of the new millenium. While the path is still unpaved, and the roadmap still uncharted, the direction is very clear: the future of health care will include the patient as a major decision maker and major player in health care delivery. Continue reading…