Why Hospitals, Doctors Trail the HIT Revolution

Scott Mace, March 26, 2013

A lot of very bright people are convinced that the current healthcare IT revolution will happen last at hospitals and in doctors' offices.

Some of them are in significant positions of influence. One such influencer is Chris Wasden, a managing director and innovation practice leader at PwC. I caught up with Wasden at the recent HIMSS conference, and what follows are some excerpts of our conversation.

HLM: Do we have enough technology but not the logistics to deploy it in healthcare?

Wasden: I don't believe that we are ambitious enough with regards to what we want to accomplish, and so we are applying too much technology to do nothing more than create digital versions of the current world, and we're not trying to create a new world.

HLM: I'll give you a perfect example. On the front page of HealthLeaders this morning is a story that says 87 percent of physicians say they get too many alerts.

Wasden: This is the analogy that I give often times. How successful would the pharmaceutical industry be if the business model in pharma was you have all these smart scientists inventing new technologies, getting patents, and then what the pharmaceutical industry does is they license the patent to individual physicians and sell them a chemistry set and say make as much as you want.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.


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