The Healing Edge: Where Innovation Meets Information Technology
As the associate chief medical officer of innovation for Northwestern, it is my mission to use creative thinking and diverse technologies to help produce a better healthcare experience for patients, physicians and others associated with their care. Technology has changed the way we do almost everything, from how we communicate to how we enjoy music –and it is affecting health care as well. From the evolution of searching the internet for patient education to the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) in exam rooms to using mobile and telehealth systems for communicating with patients and other doctors, technology is making it easier for physicians to provide the best care possible and empowering patients to be in control of their health.
The intersection of information technology and innovative thinking in healthcare means we will see some amazing things in the years to come… solutions which strive to improve both the quality of care and the experience of care we deliver. Physicians and patients will be able to instantly access complete medical records and communicate with each other from any device they own, while increasingly smart computer programs help manage routine care and predict which patients need help before they really need it so the doctor can spend more time with those who need it most. The result will be that everyone will get the right care, at the right time and in the right place!