In a recent opinion piece published by the Harvard Business Review, David Blumenthal, MD, who served as the National Coordinator for Health IT from 2009 to April 2011, writes that Apple’s recent pacts with big-name healthcare systems might indeed be poised to disrupt the healthcare industry.
Apple’s healthcare move “could herald truly disruptive change in the U.S. healthcare system,” Blumenthal and Chopra write. How? “It could liberate healthcare data for game-changing new uses, including empowering patients as never before.”
The idea is to give patients easier access to their own data.
They note the inability to make electronic data more liquid persists, which hinders efforts to follow the patient throughout the health system and stymies more sophisticated analytics – goals they see as critical to better patient care and research.