The Golden Spike of Healthcare

Somya Gulati
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Historically, a figure by the name of Thomas Jefferson, a weather enthusiast, would traveled west to collect weather data and make that available to the American people upon his return. He really puts open data at the heart of his strategy around the weather. So let’s start the credit with Jefferson. In the modern era, President Reagan builds the GPS system and Clinton basically opens up the rules that GPS can be used for commercial purposes. That combo became the next chapter in many ways of open data. And frankly this has to be a bipartisan effort, meaning Republicans are just as enthusiastic about open data as Democrats. But what President Obama had done was to say that I want this to be the default setting of government. That’s what we call the scaling up a culture of openness.

In our health system, the problem is that the structures are much more rigid than they are in other industries. You didn’t have to get FDA approval to go from paper media to digital media. You didn’t have to get FDA approval to go from a flip phone to a smartphone. With healthcare, it’s not going to be easy and in order to provide the possibility of big data and computer power insight, we first need to generate enough data to qualify as big data. Data needs to be more readily shared because this is the information that will help providers make more accurate assessments. As we see more solutions for value-based care, whether they be patient portals, scheduling systems, patient-reported data, Fitbits and all those sensors data, we see the digitization happening. One based on the traditional EHR, (HITECH Act, Meaningful Use) and the whole other body of consumer-facing Apple watch kind of data that’s going to come from these other services.

The time has come to lay the golden spike on one system and get the patient data to flow seamlessly. Healthcare is 18 percent of the gross domestic product. It is an industry that people care about deeply and the answer is now everybody is going to contribute to this. Google, Apple, Microsoft all tried little things in healthcare and then went to the sidelines. They are all back in now. Capital is flowing into health care and that too enormously. The answers are going to come from different places. Some of them will come from traditional companies and some of them will come from companies (mentioned above) in the digital space and some of them will be from upstarts like us here at InnovAccer. Lately, our biggest accomplishment is that of a successful deployment of one integrated stream of data that connects everything and will show a completely different way of organizing healthcare data that is more accessible to patients in new ways.

We are excited to present a effectively new enterprise platform that serves and respects the healthcare community like never before. The lessons learned are the result of direct experience with recent care management platform deployment designed to achieve population health management goals.

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