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Google Health Beta and Microsoft's My Health Info
Healthcare in the near future will be quite different than it is today. Web enabled technology is already changing the way medicine is practiced. As the digital nation comes of age we will see new opportunities, and new challenges, bringing healthcare in America into the 21st century. Health consumers will come to expect they will have control over their own health data. Having secure, interoperable access to clinical data will allow patients to partner with their care providers in new ways incorporating Web 2.0 principles.
Data and communications are critical contributors to health care. I recently attended a forum on how my state, Massachusetts, is facilitating the move to Electronic Health Records, a prerequisite for many things doctors, patients, and insurance companies can do to improve health. It’s notable that the chief sponsor of the event, the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, was largely set up by insurance companies. Lots of invective has been thrown at these companies recently, but the questions of technology can pull together the insurers, providers, and patients in a common quest. My own understanding of the progress and frustrations in deploying heath care technology was enhanced by the conversations I had that day and the statistics bandied about.