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Healthcare IT and healthcare reform are inextricably entwined as healthcare delivery transforms itself from a model based on volume to one based on value. Telemedicine is a disruptive technology that is ripe for driving this change from a provider-centric care model to a patient-centric model. That’s the view of Dennis Schmuland, M.D., chief health strategy officer of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp., who believes that the purpose of health information technology has changed significantly as the practice of medicine has changed over the last decade.

Healthcare IT and healthcare reform are inextricably entwined as healthcare delivery transforms itself from a model based on volume to one based on value. Telemedicine is a disruptive technology that is ripe for driving this change from a provider-centric care model to a patient-centric model. That’s the view of Dennis Schmuland, M.D., chief health strategy officer of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp., who believes that the purpose of health information technology has changed significantly as the practice of medicine has changed over the last decade.

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