Glaser: Healthcare Is Amid Fifth IT Revolution

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 12, 2013

When Siemens Health Services CEO John Glaser’s daughter graduated from medical school this past weekend, it was a proud day for her and for him.

“I gave her words of wisdom: You are as smart as you’ll ever be,” Glaser joked during a session at the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition here on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s all down hill from here.”

The line drew chuckles from the crowd and simultaneously exemplified “the fundamental and material shift” that the ACA, HITECH, and the influx of health information technologies are currently driving — and much the way that the Web changed retail, Glaser suggested digitizing healthcare will yield a different industry.