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The founder of Gliimpse, Anil Sethi, said on LinkedIn that he created the app because "there's no single electronic health record that all physicians use ... As such, the app is primarily targeted at patients with complex health records, particularly those who suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart problems. Apple's HealthKit is used by half the hospitals in the US to monitor patients with serious health issues. Since Gliimpse collects confidential patient data with "rigorous technical security," the acquisition makes sense.
Electronic health records have experienced tremendous growth in recent years, and like other digitizing sectors, encouraging developers to use industry data standards such as application programming interfaces (APIs) to improve functionality. Open, standardized APIs, as well as cloud computing and mobile technology can improve care coordination as providers transition towards population health delivery models. Though interoperability between systems remains a significant challenge, health systems and vendors have recognized this and are collaborating to address those issues accordingly. Open, vendor neutral APIs, along with cloud storage, are helping patients to access their health data on the platform of their choice.
When the University of Chicago Medical Center announced a partnership to share patient data with Google in 2017, the alliance was promoted as a way to unlock information trapped in electronic health records and improve predictive analysis in medicine. On Wednesday, the University of Chicago, the medical center and Google were sued in a potential class-action lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of patients' records with the technology giant without stripping identifiable date stamps or doctor's notes. The suit, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, demonstrates the difficulties technology companies face in handling health data as they forge ahead into one of the most promising -- and potentially lucrative -- areas of artificial intelligence: diagnosing medical problems. Google is at the forefront of an effort to build technology that can read electronic health records and help physicians identify medical conditions. But the effort requires machines to learn this skill by analyzing a vast array of old health records collected by hospitals and other medical institutions.
Bezos and company are betting big on the future of healthcare. Amazon began hinting at healthcare ambitions in late 2016 and has taken incremental steps since, including forming a healthcare lab and purchasing an online pharmacy company. Now Amazon has begun selling software that analyzes patient medical records for hospitals and their physicians. Although hospitals across the United States have been creating electronic patient records for years, Amazon's software makes these records easier to search for key information, saving time and money by freeing up essential staff to take care of patients. Most notably the software transcribes handwritten notes, including medical jargon and abbreviations, saving doctors the time it takes to manually re-record their notes.