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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Nat' Academies Press, Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership (2005)

This new report Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership by Proctor P. Reid, W. Dale Compton, Jerome H. Grossman, and Gary Fanjiang, has just been published as an open access ebook by The National Academies Press in Washington.

The committee argues that Research & Development should be supported in the following areas:
* Human-information/communications technology system interfaces
* Voice-recognition systems
* Software that improves interoperability and connectivity among systems from different vendors
* Software dependability in systems critical to health care delivery
* Secure, disperse, multiagent databases that meet the need of both providers and patients
* Measurement of the impact of information/communications systems on the quality and productivity of health care

Although there is an understandable US bias there are some useful comments about the current "cutting edge" in these areas and some suggestions about developments we may be seeing over the next few years.

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