As Anna McCollister-Slipp, Co-Founder of Galileo Analytics mentions here: (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/x-prize-foundation/the-grim-reality-of-digit_b_5984580.html?utm_hp_ref=technology&ir=Technology), the organizers of conferences focused on the “great digital health care revolution” don’t want you to know we, as patients, are no closer to realizing the benefits of such a “revolution” than we were 5 years ago.
In the past 5 years, $33 billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) of tax payer dollars have been committed to digitize our Nation’s health care data. In the same time, we are no closer to digitizing data for a disease like diabetes, which is the poster child for “Please Digitize Me!”.
Of the many Apps currently available for diabetics, those with a smart phone are not using them because the information has to be entered manually. This should be a no-brainer, yet $33 billion dollars later and our medical data has to be entered manually? There is definitely something wrong with this picture.
The biggest loser in all this are the patients with multiple, chronic illnesses. All of them having multiple providers, with multiple patient portals, none of which communicate with each other.
The greatest achievement has yet to be achieved, but the good news is, it’s certainly attainable. The medical community as a whole has to demand a data stream that is not only accessible, but interoperable. When all the EHR’s, hospitals, major device manufacturers etc. are forced to “play well with others”, then we will all share in the benefits of a TRUE Digital Health Care Revolution.