In­flu­encers: Shap­ing the Fu­ture

Dr. Karen DeSalvo Dr. Gio­vanni Colella Dr. Toby Cos­grove

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Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and act­ing as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for health


The fu­ture of health IT

is one where elec­tronic health in­for­ma­tion is se­curely, yet seam­lessly, shared; where elec­tronic health in­for­ma­tion can be ac­cessed as eas­ily as an app helps you track your bank ac­count; where we can ag­gre­gate health data to tell the long-term health story of a per­son or com­mu­nity; and where data help us re­ward qual­ity, not just quan­tity, of care. This fu­ture is pos­si­ble be­cause of the in­cred­i­ble progress we have made over the past six years: We have tripled adop­tion of EHRs and vir­tu­ally every hos­pi­tal­iza­tion has a dig­i­tal foot­print. But the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors have more work to do. We will move to im­ple­ment fed­er­ally rec­og­nized, na­tional in­ter­op­er­abil­ity stan­dards, in­clud­ing around pri­vacy and se­cu­rity; change the cul­ture around in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing, in­clud­ing by com­bat­ing in­for­ma­tion block­ing; and build the busi­ness case, so that the move­ment of elec­tronic data is vi­tal for mar­ket suc­cess.

Dr. Gio­vanni Colella

Co-founder and CEO Cast­light Health

The health­care sys­tem in the U.S.

is com­plex, waste­ful and far too ex­pen­sive, but we are at a fas­ci­nat­ing in­flec­tion point, and with many new tech­nolo­gies com­ing on­line we are hugely op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture. The con­ver­gence of cloud com­put­ing and big data will en­able greater trans­parency sys­temwide, and open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage pa­tients in pre­ven­tive treat­ments and bet­ter man­age­ment of chronic con­di­tions.

It will take time. We are on a jour­ney—a very long jour­ney—but one that is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. At Cast­light, our mis­sion is to rad­i­cally im­prove the sys­tem by em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to make the best choices for their health and to help com­pa­nies make the most of their health ben­e­fits.

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