Perhaps one of the Steve Jobs’ greatest legacies is the iPhone and the app ecosystem that it supports. Rather than trying to define and develop every bit of functionality that an iPhone has to offer, Apple handed the opportunity to do so to hundreds of other organizations, large and small. Apple gave up some control in exchange for unprecedented growth in market share and, ultimately, stock price. Imagine for a moment if a similar approach was applied to the design of EMRs and other eHealth applications. Might the same level of innovation and user adoption result? A team led by Harvard University seems to think so and was awarded $15M by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to turn their ideas into reality.
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