Health care IT is hot. We've known since before he was elected that health care reform and electronic health records were high on President Obama's agenda. But now that there are regulations on the books and federal incentives up for grabs, it seems like everyone wants in on the game in some way.
Schools are planning new courses of study, thanks to federal funding, and there will be tens of thousands of new health care IT jobs available. After all, hospitals are looking for the electronic health records systems that will best meet their needs, as well as the people to maintain those systems and teach practitioners how to use them effectively.
Software companies are responding to the increasing demand for health care-specific IT systems as quickly as they know how, and those that have been in the game for awhile are constantly improving their offerings. Last week, however, IBM stepped into the health care spotlight when it made a $100 million investment in a new health care research initiative.
According to a company press release, more than 100 researchers in IBM labs around the world will be joining forces with medical doctors IBM plans to hire "to drive innovations that empower practitioners to focus their efforts on patient care."
The research initiative will focus on three things:
IBM Research's Chalapathy Neti, the global lead for health care transformation said, in part:
Enabling greater coordination between care providers and transforming data into clinical decision intelligence could improve patient outcomes and help lower costs of health care.