Health IT and the federal future
The US federal government has significant health obligations to current and former military personnel, and complex health and human services commitments to the civilian public. It is both a gatekeeper and a catalyst in the development of new drugs and therapies. And as the practice and business of medicine continue to evolve, government is at the center of global change. A common element in these challenges is information technology (IT).
The wired “m-health” environment of the near future may not be able to reach its potential without significant cooperation between the private and public sectors. The health care system needs more precision, more efficiency, and a broader reach. It needs faster pipelines of both medicines and trained professionals. What can we learn from one another – and how fast?