New HIT Policy Journal Features Major Predictions
[Washington D.C.] Hospitals and doctors will soon share all medical information securely in real-time with each other and all patients, including patient-provided heart rates and blood sugar levels. Many U.S. doctors will stop using obsolete fax and phone units to forward patient records to a referral specialist by the end of 2014 – they will use secure mobile or text messaging instead. Mobile health apps will not be toys: they will contain your entire medical record.
These and other state-of-the-art predictions are coming in the premier issue of Digital Health Journal, a totally new quarterly from award-winning Interpro Publications, a private publisher of specialized news and research for three decades. The new journal contains no advertising or commercial content, and the first issue is available to the public. It covers emerging and future global health information systems plus system-wide products.
This time DHJ invited eight of the best thinkers and writers in the digital health space in January to submit original articles on a special topic selected by the editors. The invited authors are all recognized thought leaders who make ongoing written contributions to the industry in popular books, blog posts and trade publications.
“We are delighted by the depth of the commentary authored by these industry experts in today’s world of texting and email,” Editor-In-Chief William Boyles said. “The art of the essay is not lost. In fact, as your read these articles you see the value of complex, critical writing in the highly-technical field of information technology.”
The new website-journal adopts an innovative media format that merges the publication style of a leading policy journal with commentary and technical expert opinion. It focuses entirely on “digital health,” defined by the publisher as “the large-scale rollout of health information technology that is patient-centered and totally connected 24/7 for all inputs. Only a few organizations can achieve this today, but it is clearly the future of medicine and health world-wide.”
The beta newsletter sent to subscribers in December explains this philosophy: “Sometime in the not-too-distant future digital connectivity in global medical care will reach its inevitable destination: all patients connected all the time to all providers of care for all services using all access points including mobile and cloud.”
Contributors to the premier issue include digital health industry leaders from Kaiser Permanente, the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, Archimedes, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Diversinet, Pendulum HealthCare, the European Commission, and DirectTrust.org. The next issue will focus entirely on Europe and global health markets, with comparisons of their relative performance. Call for details or visit http://ipropubs.com.
Written for: Digital Health Journal, Advances In Connected Medicine
By: Robert B. McCray