Why we need an overall vision for health IT

Healthcare is a vast, intensely complex ecosystem. In order to make sense off all the variety found in the sector, we can categorize health IT efforts into two segments: organizing the world's medical information, and making the data universally useful and available.
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Dr. Robert Rowley is a practicing family medicine physician, health IT consultant and entrepreneur. He built an early ambulatory EHR (Medical ChartWizard), which later became the basis of Practice Fusion, and saw it grow from a small start-up to one of the largest and most successful ambulatory web-based EHRs in the country. He served as Practice Fusion’s Chief Medical Officer from its inception until 2012.

Since then, Dr. Rowley has been a health IT consultant, particularly in the arena of managed care, and an active blogger. He co-founded and is Chief Medical Officer of Flow Health, a universal patient-centered, longitudinal health data platform, which serves as an operating system for the next generation of connected health IT.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Robert Rowley MD and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.