Philip Longman is author of The Best Care Anywhere - Why VA Health Care is Better than Yours He was asked by Fortune Magazine to find the "Jack Welch of Health Care" and after some time, discovered that the VA was one of the top providers. He discusses his journey, partially triggered by his experiences with the health care system during his wife's death from cancer. He presents his research on the VA Hardhats, who created the VistA system, as well as his thoughts on centralized vs. decentralized systems. Produced by Tom Munnecke, 2008
Tom Munnecke is an independent film maker and general eclectic. He retired as VP and Chief Scientist at SAIC after a career in the health care informatics field, during which he was one of original architects of both the VA's VistA and DoD' CHCS systems. He began an encore career looking at humanitarian and philanthropic applications of technology, founding the Uplift Academy, becoming a fellow at Stanford's Digital Visions Program, and a Sr. Fellow at Civic Ventures. He is also active as a consultant and investor in a number of startups in the networking and personal health record field, as well as founder of the Cosmos Research Center a children's science education group.