Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It’s Not About the $100 Million: What UPMC’s Senior Leaders Understand about Healthcare’s Future

I have a liberal friend fond of quoting Eisenhower’s Military Industrial Complex Speech.  I’d wager we have a Government Medical-Industry Complex now, investing big bucks, in big systems, and probably on a scale far larger than the Military ever envisioned for the Defense Industry.  Certainly an investment that will touch far more Americans very personally.  Hope we manage it as well as the Military did their, and avoid their mistakes too.

The announcement on Monday of this week that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) health system was investing $100 million over the next five years on a comprehensive enterprise analytics initiative was a big one, to say the least. Try to name another, similar initiative on this scale, and one would be very hard-pressed to do so, with the notable exception of the years-long Kaiser Permanente KP HealthConnect/general IT initiative.

It’s Not About the $100 Million: What UPMC’s Senior Leaders Understand about Healthcare’s Future

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