Archive for February 11th, 2007

Does the Silicon First-Mover Status apply to Healthcare IT?

February 11, 2007

The New York Times reports today on “When it comes to Innovation, Geography is Destiny“, citing examples like Apple’s iPod and Google Seach as examples of technology developed elsewhere¬† but became successful in Silicon Valley.¬† The primary reason – face-to-face meetings with developers, entrepreneurs and venture firms. But is this true for Healthcare IT. Some new Web 2.0 initiatives have emerged from that zip code, most notably, Revolution Health and Healthline.com. And Google is looking at the health care market. But to date, the majority of EMRs and other eHealth tools to date have been developed throughout the US and internationally. Perhaps the next stage of innovation in Health IT will emerge out of Web 2.0 startups in Mountain View or from existing firms there.

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