I’m out in San Francisco on business and so decided to stop by MacWorld for a couple of hours. I was curious about the use of Macs in health care.
In the days leading up to MacWorld, Apple’s website said “The first 30 years were just the beginning. Welcome to 2007.” Judging from the paucity of health care apps displayed here, it could take another 30 years before Apple makes a serious move into health care.
I found just two health care companies exhibiting (maybe there were more, but I couldn’t find them).
- AltaPoint, which bills itself as The Pinnacle of Practice Management Software had a sad little display and no one staffing it. One person was standing near the display and told me, “These guys are a fly by night operation.”
- MacPractice, “The COMPLETE OS X Solution for Doctors’ Offices.” This company looked a bit more promising, though since their handouts say “Copyright 2005” I have a feeling customers haven’t exactly been banging down the door
There might be an opportunity for software developers to create easy-to-use EHRs for Macs, but it doesn’t seem to be happening yet.
Meanwhile, my colleague Eric Zimmerman suggested (only partly in jest?) that we could scrap plans for a national health care IT infrastructure and have everyone store their PHRs on iPods and use the iTunes store as the platform for exchanging records.January 10, 2007