79% of U.S. Internet uses have researched health information online

So, what’s the big deal? Well, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project only 73% of us get news online. So, Pew seems to log more people as having researched health information online than receiving news. This is a great trend for those of us in health IT who want to create Software as a Service (Saas) offerings that present useful health information and health IT solutions via the Internet. Doctors are on board, patients are on board, and the infrastructure is ready. So what’s the hold up? As usual, it’s the healthcare IT vendors that are holding our patient information, healthcare data warehouses, and lots of other useful assets hostage inside their silos (applications). Fellow IT colleagues, it’s time to make noise.

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4 thoughts on “79% of U.S. Internet uses have researched health information online

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  2. I thought you might be interested to see a new website that just launched, http://www.UCompareHealthCare.com. You’ll be happy to know that we don’t hold our information “hostage” and do not charge for our reports on doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. I would encourage you to take a few of our reports, especially our hospital reports and let me know what you think. We are trying to help all Americans make informed healthcare decisions and help them and their loved ones become advocates for their care. We will be adding much more data and information to the site in the near future and on an ongoing basis. We also can do custom data analysis for interested parties such as hospitals or insurance companies. Another part of UCompareHealthCare.com I would suggest you check out would be “The Decision Assistant”, which describes in a unique and interactive manner the quality measures that we have on our hospital reports.

  3. Thanks for the note, I’ll check it out.

    Do you offer any of your data (for sale or otherwise) as XML or Software as a Service (SaaS) that others can build applications upon?

  4. At this time we do not offer XML or SaaS. We do have an in-depth analysis tool that we offer for a licensing fee. We will have more information coming about this tool on the website soon.

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