"There are IT infrastructures that are enormous inhibitors to access of information, and frankly I think that really has to change," said Hood. For one, clinical records are not easily searchable to make necessary correlations. And for another? What happened to outcomes? "In many ways it's too bad that the $20 billion or so that Obamacare gave for IT was re-written to get rid of the successful outcomes," he added.
Even the panelist representing pharma couldn't stay away from the topic of information systems. "Most of the healthcare information systems that are available in the United States are really built on a foundation of accurately billing for procedures and not actually built on wellness," commented Paul Hudson, president of AstraZeneca US, in the Oct. 27 session. "If we don't make that breakthrough and connect the systems, we won't make the scientific breakthroughs that we need or improve population health."