In February Leah Binder wrote an article for Forbes online entitled The Five Biggest Problems in Health Care Today. It’s an excellent summary and a quick read, and I highly recommend it because it succinctly explains the critical need for health care reform pronto.
Side note: please forgive the use of the word “pronto.” It popped into my head because whenever dad used it I knew things were serious if not dire. Example: “Kurt. Downstairs. Pronto.”
Her article also caught my eye because it frames motivation for initiatives like the IBM Healthcare Transformation Lab based out of the IBM Innovation Center in Chicago.
The mission of the IBM Healthcare Transformation Lab is to provide an environment whereby IBM can work closely with Business Partners to integrate software, middleware, hardware and services to “develop and demonstrate intelligence and instrumented solutions for Smarter Healthcare.”
Why Smarter Healthcare? Because the market now demands an integration of multiple technologies to create solutions that meet the requirements of integrated healthcare exchanges and of coordinated care and regulations and...
These solutions, often developed by third party independent software vendors (or ISVs), specifically address business needs across key domains for healthcare providers and hospitals in innovative ways.
For example, consider how a healthcare provider might optimize its operations to address Binder’s third stated problem that “billions of dollars are being wasted.” Do you believe that your healthcare provider can easily track assets (e.g. specific heart monitors) , patients (e.g. those with the potential for heart disease) and staff (e.g. cardiovascular experts) for the sole purpose of improving safety and quality of care?
How confident are you that your healthcare provider has visibility to all of its resources and can manage those resources to improve operational effectiveness (e.g. efficient and effective scheduling of montiors, patients, and experts on a mobile device)?
That’s what I thought. Hence the work that goes on in the IBM Healthcare Transformation Lab.
Future posts by @CoreenRyskamp (Planning and Delivery Manager), Business Partners, ISVs, and me (@KurtPeckman) will include deeper dives into Smarter Healthcare, the Healthcare Transformation Lab, the Health Integration Framework, IBM validated solutions, IBM Innovation Centers, and many related resources.
Until then please have a look at Ms. Binder’s article and stop to consider how Smarter Healthcare would improve your life and the lives of those around you.