When the Ford Motor Company announced plans in mid-May to partner with at least three companies to develop healthcare apps for the company's car-based platform, telemedicine experts around the country offered a hesitant smile. Could this be the big break they've been waiting for?
I recently spoke with several reporters about Steve Jobs' impact on healthcare, thanking him for the past 15 years of innovation. In preparing for those interviews, I reviewed Steve's career milestones.
The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has been building bridges among healthcare providers since 2004, and the state's history in clinical data sharing goes further back than that. Yet the nonprofit, among the nation's longest-running HIEs, has only recently added a critical piece of the healthcare community: long-term care and post-acute care facilities.
The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council plans to develop the MetroChicago Health Information Exchange, which is expected to be the largest metropolitan HIE in the nation, serving more than 9.4 million people.
Massachusetts' 5 year old health reform law is the subject of fierce contention on the national stage, since it formed the foundation for the much-debated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).