With billions of bytes created online every day, it’s hard to believe that (in the U.S.) 25 percent of medical claims and 65 percent of medical records are still paper based.
As HP’s Shane Robison rightly notes in an article for the Daily Beast, “Making a real difference in health care is not about expensive new technologies like robots performing surgery or treatments and unnecessary tests. It’s about getting the right information to the right place at the right time.”
In fact, what we already know could be the cure. Robison provides two great examples of information technology improving the healthcare system:
1. For Arkansas BreastCare, H-P helped to set up an automated enrollment process that worked in conjunction with the state’s Medicaid program. Through the IT installation, Arkansas was able to bring early detection to more women across the state, ultimately helping 17,000 uninsured and under-insured women gain access to early detection, resources, and treatment.
2. Similarly, St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway is now fully digitally integrated, from bedside to billing. Doctors and nurses with mobile devices have access to patient information on-the-go, capturing and sharing vital patient data, such as X-rays and lab results seamlessly – St. Olav’s is truly at the forefront of 21st century health care.
Shane concludes, “Information is the greatest resource available to us in the 21st century. With the right technology, we can harness the power of information to find a different answer for the way people live, the way businesses operate, and the way the world works.”
You can expect to hear about more Healthcare 2.0 developments from HP, so stay tuned. In fact, we'll be attending the MIT/Stanford vLab event "mHealth: Jailbreaking Health Care" with experts from HP Labs on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Get your ticket now and join us!
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In the Summer 2010 issue of “The Voice of Technology,” Dennis Stolkey of HP describes some of the options for meeting the new necessities of digital health records. Stolkey is HP’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Public Sector for HP Enterprise Services.
Stolkey highlights the dangers of a “rip and replace” strategy of eliminating older systems and replacing them with “off-the-shelf alternatives.” Given the complexity and scale of health IT systems already in place today, a hybrid approach may be more effective, with fewer hiccups.
Specific benefits of evolutionary modernization include:
- Continuation of legacy business rules and compliance.
- Reduced complexity and operational risk.
- Improved adoption rates by business users.
While modernization in this manner requires careful inventory of existing IT assets, HP has seen the benefits of its evolutionary approach internally, with business clients and through its contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal work.
Click here to read Stolkey’s article, located on page 5.