The result will be a transformation of healthcare, leading to four major benefits: personalized care, a value-based system, care anywhere and improved outcomes.

EHRs capture longitudinal data to track a patient over time, and include imaging data, physician observational workups, clinical diagnostics and all the -omics and information about a person s environment and lifestyle.

Despite this promise, digitization of clinical data has limited value when medical records are confined within the walls of one provider or one machine.

A further benefit from digitization of clinical data is the fluidity with which patient medical records can follow a person from provider to provider and from hospital to clinic to home.

The U.S. spent $3 trillion on healthcare in 2014 for results that lag other industrialized nations in areas such as infant mortality and care of chronic disease.

Now there are online communities such as PatientsLikeMe that enable patients and physicians to more easily collaborate on cases, diagnoses and treatment plans.

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