Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Update on Modular EHR Technology: Harvard’s SMArt Research


ONC awarded four Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project (SHARP) grants earlier this year to

”...address well-documented problems that have impeded adoption of health IT and to accelerate progress towards achieving nationwide meaningful use of health IT in support of a high-performing, learning health care system.” 

One of these grants was awarded to a Harvard group led by Drs. Ken Mandl and Isaac Kohane, based in Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. This research team is tackling the problems associated with developing an ecosystem of modular, plug-and-play medical applications, what we have referred to as Clinical Groupware. (Disclosure: DCK is on the Harvard SHARP grant’s advisory board.)