In response to Jean DerGurahian's "HIT efforts not enough for reaching IOM goals: report":
I am not surprised to see the results of the study. I could not agree with them more. I have been in the healthcare information technology profession for over 30 years, and although progress has been made over those years, IT in healthcare is still viewed as a transaction/data system, not an intelligent system to support workflow. For 40 years, we have invested billions of dollars in capturing, storing, aggregating and reporting transactional data, both administrative and clinical data. We as an industry are data-rich and information-poor. So why is it that way? Why dont we have more smart process-oriented tools/systems instead of an ocean of data on incomprehensible reports? Heres my assessment:
Some of these challenges exist outside of healthcare in other industries. Sophisticated tools have been developed to address process variability. We should look at applying as many as we can. Its time we started doing something with all that data.
Frank PoggioPresidentKelzon GroupBarrington, Ill.What do you think? To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Health IT Strategist reserves the right to edit all submissions.
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