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Andrew Litt, MD

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I want to see the day when everything known about a disease and everything known about a patient come together automatically, instantaneously and allow me as a physician to deliver better care with that. You need tools to be able to link different records together and to make it easy for physicians to get access to data within the record so that it becomes meaningful because you can get data overload.

Like in most things, I think the internet has created a nation of people who can get access to information that they could never get before. Much of which is really good information and much of which frankly isn't that good. The electronic medical record which is dramatically changing in this country right now.

This is been one of the great success stories, I think, in government involvement is a small amount of money relatively speaking for a physician is getting huge change and getting people to adopt this record. So I think the broad promise is to really do have three things in my view.

One is, as I said at the very beginning, make our healthcare system more efficient and thereby more cost effective. The second one thing I would say is we don't do as good a job as we could about collaboration. Things are too complicated now, there is so much information, there is so much knowledge that most patients aren't just even seeing one doctor if they have something wrong with them, they're seeing several, and the last thing I think is we can share best practices by providing data, alright? By giving data to physicians about how things work better.

I think it's going to take be it even bigger commitment than we have, not in terms of finances but in terms of culture, which is to say that again most of the way healthcare organize, it's organize is still very silent, it's not a culture that is a lot of cross communication, and that could be within a hospital, within the departments in a hospital et cetera.

There's no physician I know who says, oh I don't care about my patients, everyone of them wants to take better care of their patients, and what they want to know is how I'm I doing? Alright? And can I do better, and the answer is, if you can show me how I'm doing and what other people are doing that I'm not, I'm likely to do that, because I want better outcomes for my patients.

Healthcare is described as a system, but if you know anything about systems theory, it's the last thing but a system, it's very far away from the system. It's a bunch of independent, non-connected pieces, that do a pretty good job actually of creating an outcome that's positive.

Well I think we will have a system, not a perfect one and not a complete one, but we will have a system in 10 years.