IBM has made two large moves this week expanding their presence in the market for hospital information systems.
The second is their developing a test bed to evaluate standards for interoperability.
The third is their $400 million deal with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center to (note what they list first. Hmmmm.):
- Develop new technologies and organizational approaches
- Develop a patient record system that can be shared across a network of hospitals while ensuring patient privacy. Doctors and other medical personnel will be able to locate relevant treatment data via a global system while the public can be notified in emergencies
- Include use of wireless handheld computers, radio ID tags, monitoring devices in treatment and patient rooms, as well as tools for coping with large-scale epidemics or even human-initiated biological attacks
I guess they figure it's finally happening.