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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Doctors becoming 'knowledge navigators,' Halamka says
Like presidential candidates, Google and Microsoft have plans to improve health care, a story in today's New York Times says.
Their proposals to combine better Internet search tools, the vast resources of the Web and online personal health records promise to accelerate a shift in power to consumers in health care, just as Internet technology has done in other industries, the story says.
Dr. John D. Halamka (left), the chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who serves on the 24-member Google Health Advisory Council, told the Times giving much more control to individuals is inevitable.
"Patients will ultimately be the stewards of their own information," he said. "The doctor is becoming a knowledge navigator. In the future, health care will be a much more collaborative process between patients and doctors."