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Why tech giants won’t solve all of healthcare’s IT ills

January 2018
Health Data Management

[The following commentary was authored by PatientKeeper CTO and Co-Founder Sally Buta]

Healthcare’s IT challenges are numerous and widely known—there are multiple issues with interoperability, exploding quantities of data, security and usability, just to name a few.

To date, health IT largely has been the domain of specialized vendors whose names—Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, and Meditech, among others—are familiar primarily to providers and others in the healthcare IT industry.

But now, global technology giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon are either announcing or at least hinting at plans to enter the market. With the best of the best in the IT world joining the fray, optimism typically rises that vexing problems, such as interoperability and usability, will be solved in the near future.

While these companies are extraordinarily innovative and rich in financial and technical resources, success in health IT is not guaranteed. 

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