Every Organ Will Have an IP Address

Posted on October 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

While attending the CHIME Fall CIO forum conference, I had the great opportunity to hear Jay Walker, Curator and Chariman of TedMed, speak at a great event hosted by Xerox. In his talk, Jay talked a lot about the future of healthcare. He offered a lot of forward looking insights into how healthcare is going to change and I’m sure I’ll reference many of his comments in future blog posts. However, he offered one comment that was so descriptive that I don’t think anyone that heard it will ever forget it. He said (paraphrased):

What will it mean when every organ has its own IP address? And every organ will have its own IP address. It’s not that far off.

I later learned that there are some people working on this. As we head into the weekend, I’m not going to offer much commentary on this. Just chew on it a little bit. Roll it around in your head. Dwell on the “impossible” for a little while. What does this mean for healthcare?