I’ve probably seen 20 different articles since the election talking about echo chambers and the idea that social media (along with the people we surround ourselves with) simply echo back to us what we already believe to be true.
Before joining Redox, I had no real idea what the phrase “healthcare interoperability” meant. Sure, I might have been able to parse out what it meant in the most superficial sense possible, but like many large-scale, nation-affecting problems, I could probably only tell you the general gist of it (and if pressed to explain in detail, I’d get incredibly flustered, mumble out something barely intelligible, and then promptly pretend to faint in order to avoid the question).
When people ask me what the big deal is with electronic health records, I often talk about my nonexistent childhood medical records.
A few years ago, I was asked to provide immunization records for MMR and chickenpox in order to provide at-the-elbow support at a hospital. When I called my pediatrician’s office, I learned that per an Indiana state law that mandated the destruction of medical records for patients inactive for more than seven years, my paper medical records no longer existed.
1 in 11 people worldwide live with diabetes. That’s over 415 million people suffering from a life-threatening disease that is also the leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputation. While decades of research and treatment have lead to enormous improvements in both prevention and treatment, the disease, which already represents 12% of the world’s health expenditure (~$673 billion!), is growing at a frightening rate. If advancements in prevention and efficiency gains in treatment aren’t made quickly, the world risks a staggering numbers of lives lost, as well as dire financial ramifications that could threaten the stability of countries worldwide.