Personal experiences often lead to compelling innovations. For Susanne Fortunato, an undiagnosed teenage illness launched her on a career path, and ultimately to founding her own health tech company. Along the way, she learned a lot about the state of technology in healthcare today and the gaps that have yet to be filled.
In 2004, President George W. Bush launched an effort to spur the development of health information technology, including the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Over the intervening years, that push has expanded with regulations requiring all healthcare providers in the U.S. to use EHRs for scheduling, documenting, and treating patients.
The goals behind this effort are laudable – higher patient engagement, a streamlined healthcare experience, cost savings, and improved care outcomes. The results have largely been positive. Multiple care providers can access a shared patient’s charts for more coordinated care, pharmacies receive electronic prescription orders, and