Points out the structural, poiltical and funding factors that will have as much effect on health outcomes as the technology that is ready to improve service, increase productivity and challenge shibboleths of medical practise
The biggest challenges are probably the regulatory and structural design of the healthcare industry itself. Unlike retail, or other industries that compete directly for consumers’ dollars, the healthcare industry pays for services through a reimbursement, or intermediated payment, model. In short, patients don’t pay directly for services—rather, insurance companies pay, or the government pays. Such intermediation hinders industry attempts to get data, then analyze it and use it to create products and services. Regulatory and payment impediments abound for those trying to make use of healthcare data, and running afoul of them is discouragingly easy.