My dentist has no problem sending me a reminder for my semi-annual checkup. In fact, I don’t leave the office without a specific appointment. My optholmologist sends a reminder. Is it that big a leap for medical practices to send out other reminders, particularly email based,
Electronic Health Records (EHR) have finally made the technological leap from “gee whiz” to actually working – reliably. My position has always been that physicians are very technologically oriented, it’s just that they technology used in health care, unlike any other industry, really has to work. Every time. So, it has been amusing to watch as the IT gunslingers have ridden into town to “save healthcare” and smashed their face when they fell.
EWeek is reporting that Cisco Systems, Intel and Oracle have decided to launch their own physician incentive program. As part of the plan, the companies will pay Silicon Valley health care providers to adopt information technology. “Our view of ‘Connected Health’ is that patients have information that flows with them no matter where they get their care,” says Dr. Jeffrey Rideout, vice president of Healthcare, Internet Business Solutions Group and corporate medical director at Cisco Systems. “To accomplish that, you have to connect these separate parts of the picture.”
For more details on this plan, read the release from Cisco Systems. For a good overview, EWeek’s health edition has been publishing well done, non-technical articles on the development on electronic health records and healthcare IT.