What's going on here? New technologies are sprouting up all over the place. You can't swing a dead cat in the media without hitting a story about a new Google feature launch or television coming to cell phones. People are innovating left and right.
Why is healthcare not keeping up with these advances in technology? Look at these three recently published articles related to the lack of electronic medical records: NY Newsday, AlwaysOn Network, and USAToday. Apparently funding is the biggest barrier.
But if there are small armies out there scanning old books in libraries (that can't be very lucrative), there must be people who could figure out a way to make a buck from creating a simple, beautiful system to get our medical records online. The USAToday story spotlights an entrepreneurial healthcare-by-phone business that would be a whole lot safer if the doctor at the other end of the line could diagnose you while looking at your medical records. On the other hand, how worried would you be that someone could hack into your health history once it's online?