Archive for June, 2009
I confess, I’m one who needs to find an underlying commonality, a linkage. I’m a “lumper” not a “splitter.” It is a joke among those who know me because at times every other sentence out of my mouth contains a reference to ubiquity. Perhaps I’m influenced by years of random readings in complexity and chaos, noting that while the world may seem complex, there is an underlying set of fundamental principles which are consistent across many constructs.
This post is my first attempt to understand what the disruptive technologies like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, and RSS feeds mean for the doctor/patient relationship and for health care delivery in the U.S. This interface between technology and health has been described as Medicine 2.0, Health 2.0, Participatory Medicine, and Information Therapy. There are differences in definitions among these terms, but I am lumping them together.
I admit that while fascinated with evolving technology, it baffles me and at times actually frightens me. I was trained and practiced in a different era, where information was not readily available to anyone seeking it. Does anyone remember how difficult it used to be to do a literature search? Does anyone actually go into the stacks at your local University library now in search of information?
Part of my sense of professionalism came from having
I did not get a chance to hear President Obama’s speech to the AMA, but I did get a copy of the transcript. It really got me thinking that everyone has to change: doctors, hospitals, government, health plans, employers, and the public.
Over the past 7 1/2 years at ICSI, I’ve had the unique opportunity to have a job which has also allowed me to pursue one of my great passions. For those of you who know me, I’m a prolific reader, interested in almost any topic. I’m also mindful of the work of Donald Norman, who in his book, The Design of Everyday Things, noted that unless we have a fundamental understanding of the underlying principles and concepts important in design, we’ll continue to create “tools, gadgets, and widgets” which have limited ability to improve on the present situation.
Look for more postings on Health 2.0/Innovations coming soon.
Look for more information on patient engagement coming soon.
Look for postings on how ICSI is helping redesign Health Care coming soon!