Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama Health Care Plans Daunting, Inspiring

HealthCareThatWorksImage by The Opportunity Agenda via FlickrEveryone agrees (even right-wing doctors like my father-in-law) that the health care system is such a mess, it shouldn't even be called a system. It's more like a health-care dystopia.

People have to cart their hand-written health care records from one hospital to another, care-givers are sucked into a morass of complex and non-interoperable payment systems, and patients have little or no visibility into the chaos.

But every potential solution seems to have insurmountable obstacles to overcome.

It's refreshing to see that people like John Halamka, who is a practicing technologist in the health care field, is actually inspired rather than daunted by the challenge.

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