This would absolutely be one move for the better, people that understand algorithms and software.  Note the mention below on the initiatives that reference Google and Microsoft.  I also agree that there needs to be both open source and proprietary software throughout, mixed and combined as needed. 

“Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) have both launched initiatives aimed at digitizing health records so that a doctor could instantly call up the file of a new patient.”

It sounds like Personal Health Records to me, the PHR from Google Health and Microsoft. 

We have been living so long without leaders that comprehend the importance of moving forward, look at several government agencies to see the state they are in today, falling behind the technology curve and the time is now for catch up.  I go back to having individuals with “hands on” experience, rather than just being a figure head who has to rely on staff for everything.  Sure you need staff to help, but knowing the basics of how software technology is built and the architecture is needed today.  Some experts stated part of the delay in healthcare is the fact that physicians wanted to maintain the current system at status quo.  Sure there’s a big part of that thought process along with the expense of electronic medical records too.

Just blogging here, I’m having a hard time getting much conversation and enthusiasm going for the 2 PHR systems, in other words getting readings, consumers and physicians to just take a few minutes out and sign up for one, as you can always delete it and use one as a sample account to learn and self educate, but at least practice with one so you can see the power and information exchange they have to offer, with vendors populating most of the data, so it is credible.  “Hands on at the top and hands on at the bottom” is needed. 

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. struggles to rebuild a broken economy and address the myriad other challenges it faces, the software industry is calling for lawmakers to place IT's needs at center stage. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today unveiled a policy agenda recommending that the incoming Obama administration bring a technology perspective to every key issue on the horizon in 2009 -- ranging from immigration and education to healthcare. "What we've encouraged the president-elect to do, is that when we're dealing with every major issue -- regarding employment, regarding education, regarding the environment, regarding healthcare -- there should be a question [about] what is the role of IT in helping us address those solutions," BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said today at the group's Washington office.

The announcement from the BSA, whose members include companies like Microsoft, Apple and Hewlett-Packard, comes at a time when companies and advocacy groups in all industries are lining up policy agendas in anticipation of a new administration and Congress.

Part of the BSA's agenda calls on the government to include provisions for telemedicine and online medical records as it considers healthcare reform. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) have both launched initiatives aimed at digitizing health records so that a doctor could instantly call up the file of a new patient. With e-healthcare, as with the rest of its agenda, the BSA is asking the government to remain open to using both proprietary and open source software models.

InternetNews Realtime IT News - Software Industry Wants Wider Role in U.S. Policy


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