In an article in Healthcare IT News, Tom Sullivan states “Whatever may become the killer app for precision medicine might not be apparent just yet, but one thing is clear: The future of more personalized patient care is not in an EHR.”. He bases this conclusion on a statement made by John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
“Do I really believe that the next precision medicine breakthrough is coming within an EHR? No,”
There is no doubt that EHRs currently dominate the healthIT landscape. Hospital systems have spent vast amounts of money in these monolithic applications that dominate every aspect of their business. But as with any large vessels, the energy, time and distance to make any significant change in direction. But hospitals need to change quickly, as the healthcare landscape is constantly evolving due to changing regulations, new technologies and best practices.
The article also makes these points:
- “EHRs are not designed for treating patients, not designed for biomedical research, they’re designed for getting paid,” said John Quackenbush, a professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health.
- And those outside data sources will only proliferate. Anupam Goel, chief medical information officer for Advocate Health Care, said more and more patients will bring their own data to medical appointments.
- “Do I really believe that the next precision medicine breakthrough is coming within an EHR? No,” said John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “It will come from third-parties … twenty-six-year-olds working in their garage to link innovations to EHRs using FHIR APIs.”
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In the future, care collaboration platforms will be patient-centric instead of provider-centric. “Think of it like a next-generation portal that takes a more Facebook-like approach, based on EHR data”, according to Halamka.
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