In the Eye of the Connected Health Storm

I am back from a week in Japan for the Continua Health Alliance Winter Summit. It was a good meeting and it certainly underscored for me how interesting and satisfying it is to be at the center of change within an industry that could have a significant impact for generations.

There was a ton of news generated from the Google and IBM collaboration. PCWorld has a good summary.

The two tech giants worked with the Beaverton, Ore.-based health care provider to extend the value of Google's Google Health and other online health information offerings, and to ensure that stored patient health records are up-to-date, according to an IBM statement.
The WSJ had a related article as well that looks at data concerns.

I think the concerns are real, but the fact that digitizing medical records is beginning to become a immovable topic. It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when.'

I see the promise of not only health care delivery and improved outcomes from a real cost and health perspective as well as the data concerns. I think this is a real opportunity cost and will become a part of the landscape over the next 5-7 plus years.

And it's fun to be involved in some small way to the movement.

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