Neal Patterson likens the current scramble in health information technology to the 19th century land rush that opened his native Oklahoma to homesteaders. Cerner (CERN), the large medical vendor Patterson heads, is jockeying for new business spurred by a $19.6 billion federal initiative to computerize a health system buried in paper. “It’s a beautiful opportunity for us,” the CEO says.
Is the health care reform effort boiling down to a quick technological fix… and a multitude of companies seeking a piece of the HITECH/ARRA funds?
I hope not… this will simply add a layer of borderline useful technology on top of a complex, broken system.