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How do you define a miracle?

Some people cite the works of God. Others emphasize the simple luxury of waking up everyday to the sun rising over the horizon is a miracle. Being able to breathe and think as a human being, is a small miracle often overlooked.

Today, there are modern miracles that make the lives we lead possible. Healthcare has progressed in exponential ways in the past few decades. Now, with the influence of computers and data technology, healthcare information stimulates miracles for individuals everyday.

Say you go to the ER for a bleeding ulcer. First you will interact with EMT responders who take notes of your condition. Then you will be taken care of ER nurses, who hook you up to IVs and various machines. Then you will be seen by doctors, internists and GI specialists who address your situation and prescribe you various medication. There is always risk for error with so many actors. Healthcare information technology is expanding in its speed, expertise, and overall power, but the biggest challenge we contend with is how all of the spheres connect.

Marc Andressen recently reflected in a Vox.com article that healthcare is a sector with “insufficient productivity growth, innovation, and disruption. You’ve got monopolies, oligopolies, cartels, government-run markets, price-fixing. If healthcare and healthcare technology are not evolving at the pace of other industries, healthcare information technology is getting incredibly close.

Dave Levin writes in Healthcare Informatics that we need platforms like interoperability (and open APIs) to unleash the breadth and depth of innovation that HIT needs. By conn ecting separate islands of powerful health data networks, healthcare professionals will be able to build powerful IT ecosystems.

We need miracles. And we’re going to need more. We can harness our technology with the power to help us.

 

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