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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Good Info Sent to Me Regarding Health Care Collaboration

A Disruptive Solution for Health Care

As this nation looks to a paradigm shift in order to tackle our healthcare crisis (because what we’ve been doing over and over clearly isn’t working), it’s exciting to see that leading publications carry the same theme in their reporting on this critical issue that impacts all of us:
- It’s important to find a way to get people engaged in the process instead of being the subject of the process.
- There’s a belief that disruptive innovation, as happens over and over in business, can lead to significant wealth creation opportunities, this time, along with providing enormous societal value.
- People need to find holistic incentive.
- A collaborative approach to more consistent engagement is required.
- The lead event can’t simply be more consumerism; there has to be a desire to change behavior based on the construction of personalized knowledge first.
- There is no “pill,” but rather it’s about taking a systems-based approach to create the requisite new mental model in order to come up with a sustainable solution.
- Whatever is done has to be profitable, and it has to be profitable quickly.
- The solution has to be scalable.

The following sampling of content are just a few of the many articles, peoples, blogs, reports etc all circling around the same vision and understanding.

EthoSquare captures all of these in its discovery learning application with the launch of the Quality of Life Network.

A Disruptive Solution for Health Care - BusinessWeek – 23-February-2009
Full article: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2009/tc20090220_090975.htm

“The answers lie in understanding the concept of disruptive innovation, which explains how successful and dominant businesses can be completely upended by new players that enter the marketplace using markedly different business models. ... So if change is so difficult, how does an industry ever introduce greater quality, efficiency, and affordability? Disruptive innovations have been able to do this over and over in a myriad of industries by initially taking root and introducing change in areas of "nonconsumption."”

How to Make Electronic Medical Records a Reality - New York Times – 01-March-2009
Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/business/01unbox.html

““This is really not a technology problem,” observed Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It’s a matter of incentives and market failure.” ... But the technology is just a tool, one that needs to be used properly to improve health care. ...So the legislation states that physicians will be paid only for the “meaningful use” of digital records.”

Health-Care Technology: Patient Involvement Helps - BusinessWeek – 23-February-2009
Full article: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2009/tc20090223_182043.htm

“... getting patients involved in the effort, along with hospitals and doctors' offices, can lead to substantial benefits. The research, conducted by Harvard Medical School and two other institutions, shows that reminding patients to take a critical cancer test is actually more effective than reminding their doctors about the same test. ... Employers are showing an increasing interest in electronic records, too. ... Rather than putting all the emphasis on how physicians will use e-records, the focus also has to be on how e-records can be used to get patients more involved in their care.”

Health-Care Reform, Corporate Style – BusinessWeek – 29-July-2008
Full article: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_32/b4095000246100.htm

“ ... If on-site clinics are beloved by boss and worker alike, why aren't all companies building them? For starters, there has to be scale. Clinic managers say there should be at least 1,000 employees in a single location to make the economics work, and the majority of workers must sign up.”

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