The power of technology has transformed every single industry and line of business in our economy. But for Healthcare, Translational Research and Life Sciences technology is yet to be fully aligned and implemented to allow patient and research subjects information to be shared across multiple research facilities and hospitals.
Even as we work today to achieve 100% of healthcare IT adoption across the country many health facilities are still overlooking a crucial piece of the adoption pie. The majority of adoptions are still not taking into consideration the ability to exchange clinical and research information between physicians, researcher and their respective hospitals nation-wide.
Without a comprehensive and collaborative plan that focus on nation-wide clinical systems connectivity, build upon a “common” nation-wide interoperability infrastructure, individual research facilities and health systems will continue to lack access to comprehensive research and clinical data on patients and the ability to get the best data in the hands of clinicians and researcher for the best patient care and their discoveries.
So, let’s start spend more on projects that last – lets focus on investing on an informatics platforms and infrastructures that will transform the healthcare and research industry as we look ahead in the coming centuries. Let eliminate the numerous data silos and data gap between our nation’s hospitals, government, research universities and informatics vendors and avoid programs that encourages silos and does not support comprehensive adoption strategies for all or specific pieces of clinical systems and facilities.
I support the use of healthcare IT as part of our economic recovery plan, but only if we embrace collaboration and the ability to exchange clinical information between hospitals, universities and physician practices nation-wide by connecting individual and research clinical systems. Collaboration breaths reduction in errors, new drugs, improvement in quality of care, better patient care and research discoveries – a wider use of evidence based medical practice and overall reduction in adoption expenditures.