Healthcare After The Deluge -- John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage BioNetworks

Besides the botched roll out of the federal Affordable Care Act website, the healthcare industry itself is in for a shock as people flood the system. As John Wilbanks of Sage BioNetworks tells it: Health care info is a lot like a roach motel: Data checks in but it can't check out.

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  1. Wilbanks offered a sobering assessment of the healthcare industry's inability to process and share critical data. Hardware, software and antiquated, manual paper-based systems all play a part.

    For an industry that makes up 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and accounts for $3 trillion per year in spending, what the heck is going on? Read it and weep.
  2. Wilbanks focused on two particular and unique problems within the health data sphere — data access and a medicine reimbursement system that rewards treatment over wellness.
  3. Wilbanks cautions that some innovation is just plain sketchy. There's a real danger of creating apps without sound science behind it that actually endanger people. And returning to an earlier DefragCon theme: Data being shared along the API supply chain without user knowledge or consent.
  4. But there is some good news on the horizon as health records become more portable and new companies push to innovate.
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