Category: Innovating Health Care IT

The Perils of Prevention Primacy

When prevention hardly works, establishing ineffective prevention protections, creating and running compliance-monitoring entities, and monitoring providers and payers are especially troubling. While we must punish cyber criminals, it is critical to focus our efforts on protecting and helping victims. This makes far more sense than continuing to pay exorbitant amounts … Read More

Posted on December 26th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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The Total Impact of Theft

So if the crooks already have our identities, why are we spending huge sums to “protect” what already vanished? Are we, like the proverbial farmer, locking the barn door after a thief stole our horse? Before answering these questions, we should examine some contributing factors. First, there is a general … Read More

Posted on December 18th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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The Horse is Already Stolen

When discussing health identity protection, one of the first things that comes to mind is the old proverb reminding us we are foolish to lock the barn door to safeguard a stolen horse. The damage is already done; now we need to focus on recovering the horse. Of course, when … Read More

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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Folding in the Internet of Things (IOT)

Technology innovation doubtlessly enables us to provide more data, in real time, at the point of clinical decision-making. Until now, most of this innovation is “internal” HIT and its associated data created in our care delivery organizations, like lab test results, imaging studies or written impressions of a physician’s clinical … Read More

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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The Parable of the Broken Window

Despite our best efforts to the contrary, we all know, expect and often dread unintended consequences associated with Health Information Technology (HIT). The French economist Frédéric Bastiat offers a classic example of our experience with these consequences in his “broken window” parable that goes like this: A shopkeeper’s son accidentally … Read More

Posted on November 25th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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How Can Outsiders Help?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Others: How Outsiders Can Help Health Care IT

What are some key health care benefits we can reap from diverse expert and outsider HIT team membership? To begin with, widening the diversity of HIT team membership helps to overcome Not Invented Here (NIH) syndrome. Outsider team members successfully contributing fresh solutions erode the NIH prejudice favoring “our own” … Read More

Posted on November 18th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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Does True Innovation Require Domain Expertise?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Others: How Outsiders Can Help Health Care IT

It is a common belief that true innovation requires domain expertise. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers: The Story of Success, says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become expert in any given domain. He indicates that the process of becoming an expert produces truly exceptional people and ideas. … Read More

Posted on November 11th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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The Blind Men and the Elephant

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Others: How Outsiders Can Help Health Care IT

Most of you are familiar with the “blind men and the elephant” parable. Jainism, one of the world’s oldest religions, is often credited as its originator. In the Jain version, six blind men describe an elephant by touching its different body parts. One man touches a leg, a second a … Read More

Posted on November 4th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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Change is Growth is Change

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Adding Mindset to the Order Set: Changing the Way We Change

Are there examples of the fixed and growth mindsets operating in our industry? While there is no hard data as yet, we believe they exist. Take the “close out” or “lessons learned” report prepared at the end of a key project phase and at project completion. In our experience, a … Read More

Posted on January 7th, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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Mapping the Mind Field

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Adding Mindset to the Order Set: Changing the Way We Change

In his blog, psychologist Wayne Dyer relates a story of “mind fields” entitled An Airport Parable. 1 The story describes one of those “airline flights from hell.” In short, Dr. Dyer while waiting at the gate for his flight from JFK to Athens, Greece, heard the seven-hour flight delay announcement. … Read More

Posted on January 1st, 2015 in Innovating Health Care IT
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