The Future: Consumer Health Information Technology

December 13, 2007

This is the title of a conference held by the National Cancer Institute at which Bill Crounse of Microsoft and Adam Boswoth presented. Crounse gave a vision of the future including wireless, seamless medical consultation while decrying underinvestment by US healthcare in IT. Bosworth sees impeded growth of research and evidence-based medicine as a result of not leveraging health IT to its fullest potential. Unfortunately, I could not find any report of this meeting on the NCI website.

Both also spoke at the World Health Care Congress. Crounse, in his blog, cites from the editor of WIRED magazine while  Bosworth  preached giving  consumers control of  their data.  Steve Case also spoke predicting more innovation in consumer health including personalization, more emphasis on healthy living and the killer app – community including IM, chat, facebook for medical conditions. (Thanks to Matthew Holt for the excellent reporting on the Congress).

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