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New Apps, Social Networks Shaping Doctor Delivery Of Care

Adoption of health information technology is examined as new computer application development and adoption change how doctors deliver care. In Kansas, developers are trying to quicken the pace of doctors adopting new technologies.

The New York Times: The Doctor Is In (Well, Logged In)
Surfing the Web in his all-white Dumbo loft, Dr. Jay Parkinson, 37, looks like any other young tech visionary. He has a trim beard and thick-framed glasses. He wears slim-fitting black outfits and jaunty scarves. He speaks with a measured, "This American Life"-like cadence. And he's a firm believer in the utopian promise of the Internet. But Dr. Parkinson's start-up isn't a new app or social network. He is a founder of Sherpaa, a Web site that operates like a virtual doctor's office, examining patients by e-mail and text message (Stein, 3/19).

Kansas Health Institute: Health IT Innovations, Value Of EHR Systems Discussed
If there were as many software developers working on applications for storing and exchanging patient data as there are working on apps like Angry Birds, electronic health record systems wouldn't be so chronically outdated. That's the mantra of experts working on a software project based here that is aimed at transforming a "monolithic and slow-to-evolve" health information technology industry into one modeled after the iPhone app developer community (Cauthon, 3/19).

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