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    HIT experts: Don’t expect Silicon Valley to launch new EHRs

    Although health IT experts are excited about the possible offerings that these tech giants could deliver, they also say they don’t expect any of them to launch their own EHR products.

    Kate McCarthy, a senior analyst at Forrester Research and author of its 2017 report about tech companies in healthcare, says the medical community has invested too much money in existing systems to rip them up and replace them simply because a new entry hits the market—even if that new product is better.

    So she and others say they expect that up-and-coming technologies will layer onto or coexist with the EHRs and other IT systems that are already entrenched in hospitals and physician practices. McCarthy cites IBM’s Watson, which uses AI to assist physicians with analyzing medical scans and other data for diagnosis and research findings, as one example of such a product.

    McCarthy says such products help physicians to be more efficient by eliminating the multitude of clicks and data-entry requirements in their current EHRs. 

    She also expects big tech companies entering the healthcare market to offer better population health management solutions, thereby helping physicians produce better outcomes for patients struggling with chronic conditions—a significant prospect as more and more insurers move to reimbursing physicians based on results rather than services.

    Farzad Mostashari, MD, former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, predicts that Amazon will enter healthcare by offering supply chain services.


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