Medicine is practiced essentially the same way now as it was several hundred years ago. There are new techniques, equipment, tools, materials, etc. However, the way a patient interacts with his/her physician is essentially the same.
A patient goes to see his/her doctor. The doctor gives the patient an examination and a diagnosis, documents this examination and diagnosis in the patients chart, gives orders or a prescription that they expect will be adhered to, and the patient leaves.
Essentially the same process followed for well over a hundred years. Some of you may say, of course, it is a refined and hallowed method that has been proven repeatedly. However, this scenario describes a “closed” form of medicine. “Closed Medicine” describes a healthcare system that is unable to openly share health-related information electronically, and in a timely, private and cost-effective manner. “Open Medicine” describes a healthcare system with openly available electronic patient health information shared freely between patients and their healthcare providers in a timely, private and cost-effective manner. Open Medicine has the potential to improve healthcare delivery in a dramatic way. Closed Medicine perpetuates the old model of healthcare delivery. Continue reading: Open and Closed Medicine