Monday, September 21, 2009

Health 2.0 Comments on Matthew Holt's Blog today

Patients vs. facilities: There’s also a more philosophical bias which harkens back to the difference between American and European health care systems, but not in the way you might think. The dog faction is in general primarily in favor of light-weight tools (and standards) that allow for innovation and service of the consumer patient by primary care teams (that’s the European part). The recent emergence of Web-based tools and patient communities that allow patients to apply self-service techniques and easy communication with teams of providers (yes, yes, that’s Health 2.0) are for them the keys to enabling better care. These tools are relatively cheap (and flexible) and mirror the SaaS trends in the rest of technology. (Think Gmail vs Outlook).

I like Matthew's analogy here, comparing health 2.0 consumer tools to the large hospital system EMR platform ( Gmail to Outlook)

For physicians SAAS tools are flexible, inexpensive and provide the patient PHR connectivity and enable the physician-patient relationships that consumers are looking for.

And the Free/Freemium models emerging as ours come at the right price and the right time.

The Personal Medicine Team

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