Abigail Watson has created the Clinical Meteor Track, which is a set of Meteor packages for delivering health apps. This is a growing but robust toolkit that positions Meteor to be the platform powering future healthcare.
There are now several efforts afoot to use Meteor to build a Personal Health Record (PHR), which is like the EHR that your doctor uses, except designed for the patient to use. Health IT leaders have the vision that this is the real future of health information, and it makes perfect sense that we patients should have full access and control over our health info. Some groups (like me) are working on a PHR that works more like traditional social media, that we are calling a Social Health Record (SHR).
Clearly Abigail and Meteor are up to the task of creating this health information revolution. However will they succeed? We developers tend to be overly focused on building a product and assuming “users will come”. But too often they do not come. You find competition, redundancy, and millions of distractions that prevent your users from coming.
Already in Meteor’s short history, I have learned, there have been at least 3 efforts at building a PHR/SHR that have been shelved.
Our small team is close to a prototype of an open source Social Health Record we call biolog.io.
However, our desire is that this health information revolution succeed, not necessarily that we drive it. So we plan to join forces with the Clinical Meteor Track. I call on others involved with health records to do the same. - !
Furthermore, for those of us working on our own SHR apps in Meteor, I propose it makes sense to collectively market the idea and get public comment. It is designed after all for patients so why not get their ideas. Toward this, I suggest that Meteor-based Telescope might do a great job for capturing ideas and feedback. The goal is to build and involve a community of early adopters who can inform design decisions and spread the word. And to ensure that in the end “users WILL come”.
Our mission is this: do not fail. We want a successful, Meteor-based Social Health Record to revolutionize healthcare throughout the world.