Joint Venture convened a Smart health task force of representatives of three major stakeholder groups—healthcare providers, employers and insurers—to try to over- come the barriers inherent in applying information technology to healthcare, and to develop solutions that would make a difference in the Valley and beyond.
Participants in the task force meetings represented most major healthcare providers, many large employers and the major health insurers. Co-chairs of the group were richard levy, chairman of Varian Medical Systems and eric Benhamou, chairman and Ceo of Benhamou enterprises.
The stated objective of the task force was to demonstrate and disseminate new healthcare models, using information systems to facilitate cost-effective healthcare decision making for all Silicon Valley residents. One of our principal goals was to capture medical records in the electronic medium and have them universally available to authorized medical professionals.
After more than two years, we have concluded that while individual stakeholders are making significant internal progress toward this goal, Valley-wide solutions cannot move forward within the current environment. This is a report to the community explaining: • The basis for the project and the benefits we hoped to achieve • The actions we took and the lessons we learned in the process • Our conclusions and recommendations for the future