Thursday, April 11, 2013

Disruptive Innovation in Health IT: A Path to Acceptance (Part 7)

In this seventh post of the series on disruptive technology (see this link) to start from beginning), I describe the technical capabilities of whole product “companion applications” that can bridge the gaps in today’s EHRs and PHRs, thereby enabling them to fulfill their potential for increasing healthcare value.

There are at least five areas of EHR and PHR functionality that whole product companion applications can substantially improve:

1. Data Capture, Storage and Integration
Able to manage and integrate an unlimited variety (types) and quantity of data for every patient—over his/her entire lifetime—using existing and/or new standards
  • Images (e.g., x-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound) 
  • Structured data from EHRs, PHRs and other sources 
  • Semi-structured data 
2. Analytics, Big Data, and Clinical Decision Support
3. Presentation/Advanced data visualizations
4. Transport
Information exchange with global interoperability using:
5. Usefulness and Usability
  • Easy and inexpensive to use and maintain 
  • Streamlines workflows 
  • Provides simple and intuitive user interface 
  • Delivers useful information targeted to different user roles and types of users 
  • Accommodates user functional limitations, intellectual and knowledge capabilities, etc.
In my next post, I discuss how we are using our disruptive innovation to enable development of whole product companion applications. I then present our plans to form an alliance of partners to create and market those products with a sincere focus on dramatically increasing healthcare value and rewarding those who contribute to such a worthy goal.
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