Information sharing, telehealth technologies rated top in innovation potential

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A Cisco Internet Business Solutions/Princeton Survey Research Associates International survey of over 100 international senior healthcare leaders, released last Wednesday at the World Health Congress in Washington, DC, found that telehealth and related technologies which enable collaboration and information-sharing have the greatest near-term potential for improving large-scale health sector innovation and are supported by these leaders. That vision is distant now: 9% said sharing electronic data and images is “very common” today, while a mere 4% said professional collaboration via information technology is currently “very common.” The projection is that integrated use of technologies will in a short time support more efficient diagnosis, treatment, and care management. Information Week

Update 18 April: The executive summary of the study is now available online.  The Health of Nations:  Perspectives from Global Leaders Reveal Untapped Opportunity