March 21st, 2010 by Christian Seebode

WoHIT 2010 was taking place this week in Barcelona. Seems that Patient Centered Technology received considerable attention. Will come back on this.

I’d like to recite a post by Healt Tech Wire on a panel discussion about the changing relationship between patient and physicianwohit

Technology must assume responsibility here.

I deliberately take out astatement of Antoine Geissbuehler, MD, Service of Medical Informatics at the Geneva University Hospitals

“Not everybody is ready to give up a part of his or her own privacy to make eHealth happen. We must establish trust and demonstrate that ICT brings added value in order to overcome the barriers to sharing information,” concluded Geissbuehler. “Moving knowledge without moving people makes sense,” he said. “Countries must avoid becoming e-isolated. But eHealth adoption must be needs rather than technology-driven.”

I kind of subscribe to that. Especially that technology is just a company in a big game of cultural change. Anyway Technology can provide patterns, possibilities and propulsion for that change. A situation that takes it’s only justification from technology seems weird in this area. But there are lots of parameters in this category. Sometimes a development being purely a technological one opens unforeseen possibilities. I recommend to be open first to create creativityand then draw the limits. IT in healtcare is behind because there were so many limitations because of fearing the consquences. That’s the truth

2 Responses to “Expert panel advises countries against becoming “e-isolated”; patients takes center stage in future healthcare”
sprawl says:

I didn’t understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?

Yes, shure. Sorry for being a bit verbose. Without being fully convinced i think technology can sometimes provide a new way to drive change. Consider social networks. They are successful because people like to communicate with each other. People benefit and risk a lot. But maybe they don’t !? Within the frontiers of strict privacy noone would benefit from social networks. But this is not happening. The world changes together with the notion of risk and privacy. At least for the users of social networks. Does this apply to medicine ? I don’t know. My observation is that much of the possible progress in eHealth is hindered by not letting change happen while sticking to traditional values. No risk no progress. Not in medicine.

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