Making the case for Health IT and Electronic Health Records

There’s not much that is more complicated than healthcare.  Just ask the politicians and others who’ve tried to reform the industry in recent years.  The same is true when trying to communicate the value of information technology in healthcare.  It can be a very complicated topic.

When dealing with complicated subjects, I think it is helpful to break things down into concepts that are easily digestible by ordinary people.  I think the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) has done just that with the release of a new video that helps citizens understand the value of Health IT.  The video is available in a 60-second and also a 3-minute version.  I’ve embedded the longer version below here on HealthBlog.

Whether you are someone who is just interested in the topic, or an individual who works in the industry, I think you’ll enjoy the video as much as I did.  It isn’t always easy to get people to understand why electronic medical records, personal health records, health information data exchanges and other technologies are important to everyone’s good health and well being, let alone why there is a national imperative to modernize the health industry with better IT.  And even though I’m not a fan of big government or big government initiatives, I’ll give ONCHIT high marks on this one.  What do you think?

Courtesy of ONCHIT

Bill Crounse, MD               Senior Director, Worldwide Health         Microsoft

Comments (5)

  1. Mark Day says:

    great to see good, concise communication from the ONC – better late than never 🙂

  2. Alex says:

    So it indeed turned out that Azyxxi/Amalga/etc is a flop as was predicted. So Microsoft can't write and sell a simple database application ??? Good grief

  3. hlthblog says:


    Amalga is hardly a flop.  The solution is being used by many of the largest, best known health organizations in the world. But wait, there's more.  We have combined forces with GE Healthcare in a joint venture called Caradigm ( to develop the next generation of solutions based on  the Amalga platform.  And "simple database application"?  I don't think so.  The Amalga health intelligence platform aggregates and informs on health, financial and other data across the most complex healthcare enterprises.

    Bill Crounse, MD

  4. Alan says:

    Plain common sense, but the UK government wasted anywhere between 10 and 30 billion dollars attempting to implement what they called "The National Programme for IT", later renamed the "Care Records System" and "Connecting for Health" (typical political propaganda as a project fails, try changing its name and hope nobody realises). I am from the UK and heavily involved in Healthcare IT and had to endure this colossal waste of tax payer money and see many good people put on the scrapheap by a monster that got out of control.  

  5. Simon says:

    Great video.  I have shared it with my network in Australia.

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