Moving Health IT Innovation Forward: A Vision For Substitutable Components

Tom Krohn | Eli Lilly Clinical Open Innovation | November 4, 2012

In the March 2009 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Kenneth Mandl and Isaac Kohane of Harvard Medical School introduced the idea of a health information technology platform that works more like the iPhone than a traditional system.  Entitled “No Small Change for the Health Information Economy“, the paper suggests a simplified platform approach where innovation is spurred through substitutable components.  The SMART Platform is held up as an example.

We couldn’t agree more. Our vision of an OCIN aligns very closely with the NEJM of  article and the SMART Platform. Whereas traditionally system are closed silos with deep integrations across systems, our vision for research is one of loosely coupled, open systems. [...]