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?
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft