Most Healthcare Programs Are Focusing on the Wrong Populations

Posted on February 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

It’s been a crazy busy day. In fact, make that a crazy busy month. I can barely keep up as I prepare for HIMSS, finish planning for the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (early bird registration ends tomorrow), and work on all of the other balls I have in the air. Luckily, all of these things and many more are really great things.

With that excuse out of the way, I wanted to do a really simple blog post today asking an interesting question. I can’t remember where I heard this idea, but I wanted to get your ideas. Here’s the question:

Are most healthcare programs focusing on the wrong populations?

That’s a pretty broad question that could have a lot of different answers depending on which program we’re talking about. However, I think it’s a discussion worth having.

Are the current healthcare programs just making the healthy healthier? Are we transgressing the populations that could most use healthcare? Are we designing applications and devices that could be really beneficial, but they’re not being adopted by those who could benefit from them most?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.