It was brutally obvious that Barack Obama was determined to drive recklessly ahead with his political dream of a government-run health program for Americans no matter what the cost and no matter how many billions of dollars he could have saved through the generosity and innovations of a private-sector corporation. So, he deliberately stuck the current and future taxpayers with the cost and inefficacies of government health.
IBM announced last July its plans to enlist leading scientists and technologists in the company to help medical practitioners and insurance companies provide high-quality, evidenced-based care to patients. In this initiative IBM planned to collaborate with clinicians in medical institutions and hiring doctors to work with its researchers to develop new technologies, scientific advancements, and business processes for health care and insurance providers.
“Dedicating $100 million,” the corporation said in a press release, “the initiative will draw on IBM’s leadership…to drive innovations that empower practitioners to focus their efforts on patient care.”
IBM has been solving health-care problems for many decades. Working with the World Health Organization in 1976, IBM mapped outbreaks of smallpox. This contributed to the eventual eradication of the disease in the general population a few years later.
In the early 1990s, IBM, working with the University of Washington, built a prototype of the first medical imaging system. In 2004, IBM’s World Community Grid began to apply supercomputer levels of processing power to health-care needs, such as fighting AIDs, cancer, dengue fever, and malaria. Currently, the company is working on new technology that it says will read and sequence human DNA quickly and efficiently and has the potential to sharply cut costs.
Today, IBM also is focusing on “health-care transformation” that it says is helping countries develop new patient-centered models of care, linking health information with penetrating analysis of medical data. The company calls electronic health records “the basic building blocks of health-care efficiency. It claims proficiency in this field. Its goal is to achieve “better patient safety and save lives.”
How sad for America that the Obama Administration snubbed a grand medical “free lunch” and instead threw the load of national health costs on taxpayers’ backs just to assuage his ego.
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