publication date: Mar. 31, 2017

Conversation with the Cancer Letter Amy Abernethy: I want health IT companies to have an honest conversation about data sharing

Amy AbernethyIt’s fair to say that eight years ago, when the Obama administration infused the economy with $800 billion in stimulus funding, policymakers likely did not expect the health information technology industry to evolve into fiefdoms guarded by legions of lawyers and walls of proprietary code.

It’s not even a guess. Then-Vice President Joe Biden has acknowledged this unintended consequence openly and often (The Cancer Letter, June 3, 2016).

The $35 billion invested by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 worked—the stimulus succeeded in moving health records and patient information into the digital era.

Alas, market forces prevailed, and companies built business models that relied on exclusivity and ownership at the expense of interoperability and, arguably, scientific progress (The Cancer Letter, June 3, 2016).

So, what is to be done now that we are where we are?

Health information technology companies and patient groups need to have honest conversations about these business issues to accelerate cancer research, said Amy Abernethy, chief medical officer, chief scientific officer, and senior … Continue reading Amy Abernethy: I want health IT companies to have an honest conversation about data sharing

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