Monday, April 20, 2009

Are non-experts the right people to introduce Health IT?

The recently written "spoof" about Amazon introducing a new Personal Health Record has achieved a lot of prominence in the blogosphere - however here is a great new blog taking this commentary a bit wider and asking the rhetorical question that , since M and M's look a bit like pills, why doesn't this give the manufacturer of M and M's the expertise to produce generic drugs? We know that health is a highly complicated and difficult industry to enter, and it is all too easy for those without an understanding to the industry to propose facile solutions, as happens regularly, and which usually fail. They only do so, however, because we in the health industry have not found our own solutions yet, and that is what we need to do. Until we do the Amazons and candy manufacturers of the world will still have the potential to offer us inappropriate "solutions". It is up to us as an industry to reform ourselves.

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