The Intersection of Health & Business

Yesterday I attended a lecture given by Dr. William Yasnoff on the challenges of implementing a national health information infrastructure. Part of the Robert C. F. Bartels Health Informatics Lecture Series, Dr. Yasnoff’s lecture raised some very good points about how to structure a business model more conducive to the wide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The lecture was being recorded, and I’ll update this post with a link to the video when it is up, for those curious about Dr. Yasnoff’s ideas.

“Don’t build a better mousetrap” © 2010 Critter for opensourceway CC BY-SA 2.0

The lecture did make me think about the interaction between the business and health spheres, and what a powerful arena that has the potential to be. Over the past two weeks I’ve also had the occasion to direct several reference questions to the Health, Engineering & Business Research Guide from the University of Michigan Library, so I thought I would use today’s post to shamelessly plug this excellent resource.

Our fields can get so siloed and we get used to particular resources that we end up missing entirely relevant information. Librarians between the Taubman Health Sciences Library, the Kresge Business Library, and the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library noticed more and more interdisciplinary questions – and thus the HEB guide was created.

If you’re already familiar with sources in the health field, check out the Engineering and Business tabs for resources like patent information and business research databases. As always, you can contact librarians at each library for more in-depth research help.

If you’re interested in Dr. Yasnoff’s ideas, take a gander at his publications, particularly this one on aligning incentives to sustain EHRs (freely available through PMC!).

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