This is bigger than a new stadium

Here is the good news. In a few years, you can get sick anywhere in the world at any time you want, and your doctor will be able to access your records wirelessly, monitor your vital signs wirelessly and prescribe treatment wirelessly. (We only wish that Neil’s psychiatrist could do that — his couch is lumpy.) Welcome to personalized medicine.

Bill Spooner, chief information officer of Sharp Healthcare, says this vision is starting to be realized today in San Diego as Sharp has already rolled out the first iteration of personal Web portals to some patients. Our city is ground zero for personalized medicine.

Health information technology, or HIT — namely the intersection of information technology, computer science and health care — is an industry in which San Diego has the opportunity to be a game changer, according to a report released by the San Diego Workforce Partnership and University of California San Diego Extension.

However, numerous obstacles and challenges could put a damper on this bright future, the report cautions. The most significant barrier is the lack of standards for the transfer and exchange of patient data, both within an organization, across different organizations and among pieces of equipment.

Read the rest at UTSanDiego.

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