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In Sickness and in Health Care


There’s nothing like a week in the hospital and 10 more days of home rehab to reset your compass. This was my very recent experience after a still-unexplained infection appeared suddenly in my left leg and managed to stump my doctors for a few days.

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Comments (5)
This article is absolutely correct in identifying the enormity of the IM problem in Health care. e-Health is not about technology it is about Information Management. The problem is fundamental in the way there are so many health care stakeholders and organisations at the National, Regional and local level and they all behave as though they are sole custodian/owner/steward of the data. They don't get it is all shared!! Until IM is split out and set up apart from the day-to-day operation of Health Care Management and Administration, and given the appropriate clout to dictate and manage IM standards, practices and principle from end-to-end, nothing will change.
Posted by Roland A | Tuesday, September 15 2009 at 2:41PM ET
The good news is that there are some outstanding models that we can use to start to tackle this problem. I have not studied it up close, but most people in the industry point to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as a possible starting point. If Mayo isn't the one, perhaps there is another good place to start. My point being, I don't think we have to start with a blank sheet of paper. We take a model that works, replicate it across the country until we find some issues, fix them, and keep moving. Back in the 70's the Fed's did this with Medicaid Management Information Systems. They built a model, and then moved this model from State to State. It was far less expensive than having every State build their own. Thst's the approach i would take.
Posted by Theodore | Tuesday, September 15 2009 at 3:57PM ET
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