No more of those infuriating forms to fill out at doctors’ offices: the information is all in the computer. Doctors and hospitals don’t repeat tests you’ve had someplace else: they’re all in the computer. All your caretakers know exactly what medicines you’re on and what you’re allergic to: that’s in the computer. When your elderly mother moves from a hospital to a rehabilitation center, the nurses and doctors there know all about her before she arrives: all in the computer.
These and many other feats of information management will soon be routine in the United States. Indeed, in some places they are already happening. Our health system is undergoing a digital revolution that will profoundly affect the health care of Americans.