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Can Google and Microsoft solve our healthcare problems?
"Will the dogs eat it - or will we turn up our collective cold noses?"
One has to wonder if the high-tech integrated systems approach is a good thing or not.
As I see it, the simpler the tool, the better for the consumer. Consumers in the US are looking for VERY SIMPLE but effective solutions to help them manage their healthcare. When people take enough of these simple baby steps on their own, they may get comfortable with adopting more complex, integrated systems, but those being developed now present some very high hurdles for the consumers!
Thousands of Baby Boomers are currently using a variety of 3rd party services and tools in an attempt to achieve the lofty goal of "personal healthcare management". The Web offers a ready platform for brilliant healthcare solutions.OnTimeRx is a simple, intuitive, and very affordable medication reminder solution that was mentioned in AARP magazine, Mar/Apr 08 issue in the SmartSilvers' article “Staying Connected to Those Who Care”.
Two years ago, OnTimeRx was adapted as a web application to provide medication reminders by home- or cell- phone, email and pager at www.OnCellRx.com.A simple phone call reminder may be just the thing for many low-tec seniors. There's no "shame" in utilizing technology to stay healthy and independent. Quite the opposite! It shows that people are being resourceful and creative.
However, Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Big Tech companies want everything all "slick", integrated, and coordinated before they'll sign on to fund anything. But when things get too high-tech, the intended end-user will turn away - in droves! - and refuse to use these services, because they look too much like "Big Brother"!!. Oh, what a waste of potential and money that will be!
As a pharmacist, I know first-hand the problems that patients have with adherence issues, and that’s why I developed a wonderful and well-respected medication reminder software program called OnTimeRx. It's been available on the Internet since September 2000 and works on Palm, PPC Windows Mobile PDAs, and on Windows XP and Vista desktop PCs.
OnTimeRx software is being utilized on a variety of platforms by thousands of individuals around the world to successfully manage their medication schedules; but surprisingly, Big Pharma has shown little interest in promoting it, even though it would exponentially increase their product sales. Go figure!
Susan Torrico, President
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
EXCERPT:I don’t know what it is like outside the UK but the health and care services provided by the Government, and much of the private sector, use a level of IT that Noah would toss out of the Ark and demand something more modern.
Every shrill article in the media about the ageing population is accompanied by dire predictions of how the health and care services will implode and that people (mainly 50-plus) must take more responsibility for their own health and care. They may be right.
One thing that could make a big difference is the application of the latest concepts of the Web. The other development is the concept of owning your own medical data and using Google or Microsoft tools for its management. This appeared in an article in Technology Review.
Google and Microsoft want to do the same thing for personal health that software such as Quicken has already done for people's personal finances. Google Health (released in May) and Microsoft HealthVault (launched last October) allow consumers to store and manage their personal medical data online. Users will be able to gather information from doctors, hospitals, and testing laboratories and share it with new medical providers, making it easier to coordinate care for complicated conditions and spot potential drug interactions or other problems. Both Google and Microsoft will also offer links to third-party services like medication reminders and programs that track users' blood-pressure and glucose readings over time.
Are you getting the picture? It looks to me like we will have the providers of care and health services using clapped out IT whilst consumers will be expecting/demanding/needing to use Web 2.0 and Cloud technologies. Dick Stroud
My main concern placing personal information on the internet is, of course, the hackers. People already have problems with hackers stealing their identity info such as SSN's and getting into their personal bank accounts.
The more we rely on a shaky digital system, the more likely when the expected crash comes, we will lose what information we placed on the web. People really need to think all of this through before they benignly place personal information out there for, potentially, all to see.
Anyone who is paying attention to the latest technology news knows the war going on with the scammers and virus gurus. I'm not a "the sky is falling" kind of person, but I just think people should be aware that the internet is not the safest place to keep personal information.