Adam Bosworth, VP of Google recently has posted a few items on their blog regarding health care and the poor information transfer withiin the field. I can only imagine that Health Informatics must seem truly backwards when one comes from a place like Google.
His first post is here:
And there is a second post, including a link to a transcript of a keynote address regarding this very issue.
There are a number of obstacles to overcome, and the technical limitations are only a part of them. The bigger problem is that people working in the field are so fearful of litigation from a privacy breach, especially when it gets released to the “net.” Some of this is because people are afraid of increased insurance rates, and many of these concerns are legitimate because information is just SO easy to duplicate a million times over once it is digitized.