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The informal arguments for this are simple: Multidisciplinary and multi-institutional health care means that every patient will encounter many care providers over a lifetime. Providers and their institutions seem not to have incentives to share their data with others e. Consider the following questions: Who cares most about your health?

Who is always around to pay attention to your health on an ongoing basis, not just at scheduled office visits? Who constantly observes how you're feeling, how your body reacts to interventions? Who best knows how you would trade off different risks, pain, bother, costs?

Who charges least for providing these services?

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Of course, the answer to all of these is you! Or perhaps your mother. Growing abilities of decision support systems can help both patients and providers better interpret data, continually check to see that new data "make sense", and monitor ongoing care to suggest times when the patient's status needs to be re-evaluated.

Therefore, we should provide you the tools to collect and manage your health data, to educate you about your relevant personal and family health conditions, to help you manage your own treatment, to augment your ability to observe the effects of diseases and treatments on your body, to communicate more effectively with your health care providers and with other communities of patients, researchers, etc.

Patient-Centered Health Information Systems. Our specific proposal was to build and test comprehensive systems for patients suffering from insulin-dependent diabetes, hypertension, or undergoing anticoagulation therapy.

The funding was then delayed, however, by ARPA's internal wranglings about whether the medical foci we chose were really relevant to the needs of the military; after all, diabetics are not accepted into the services.

Oddly, our program manager eventually assigned our application area to be the care of high-risk pregnancy--another condition rare among active-duty military, though common among their dependents. We began a cooperative project to support women with gestational diabetes at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Our early efforts and results on the gestational diabetes problem are described below. After earlywe sought support from NIH and from private health-related foundations for development of our overall vision.

Although we generally found a very favorable reception to the ideas, funding was not forthcoming though we were encouraged by several close calls. Mainly, reviewers were skeptical that we could achieve all our objectives with any reasonable amount of funding, and wanted empirical proof that our ideas would work before they would invest in supporting it.

Eventually, we have tried to resolve this "chicken and egg" problem by decomposing our efforts into various components that, together, will constitute the Guardian Angel. With this strategy, we have succeeded in attracting partial funding, and are working on various components of the overall project.

The following sections describe these components. In our view, this records needs to have the following characteristics:MIT Undergraduate Curriculum Map and OCW.


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