Thanks to stellar clinicians and research, healthcare treatment in the U.S. is world-class. We are home to exceptional doctors, nurses and provider organizations who deliver the best care. However, the tech underpinning that care is in need of change. We need to focus as much on healthcare technology innovation as we have on the innovation of drugs and devices.
This lack of IT infrastructure manifested during the pandemic. Government agencies had a difficult time knowing where the disease was spreading, what supplies and therapeutics were available and how long it would take to replenish stockpiles. A common refrain during the pandemic was that it’s easier to get data from AIDS clinics in Africa than Covid data from U.S. providers.
The truth is private companies – Premier included – had more real-time data than our government to inform our public health response, and they provided as much as they could. However, America needs more tech-enabled insights across manufacturers, distributors, and providers.