Improved data aggregation.
Progress on this front will allow physicians to see all the important data about a patient quickly and easily, without special effort. Jaffee compares what’s coming in medicine to the application program interface (API) used by most airlines. In the travel realm, the API makes it possible for a consumer who wants to fly from Topeka to Toronto to log onto a site such as Expedia and quickly see all the flights offered by nearly all carriers.
With improvements in data aggregation, a physician will be able to search for a patient’s blood tests, done in one location, their X-rays done in another, and the notes from an office visit conducted in yet a third location. “When a physician wants to see all the information on a certain patient,” says Jaffee, “she looks that person up and – lo and behold—there is all their data.”