In business, disruption is often seen as a good thing, e.g., digital photography disrupting Eastman Kodak’s business so significantly that the company has scrambled in recent years just to stay afloat, the thing they once did better than anyone now largely irrelevant.
In 2018, the phrase 'learning curve' is used so frequently that it’s essentially part of the English lexicon with little need for definitions and etymologies.
In the late nineteenth century, however, both phrase and concept were yet to be invented. German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus described what we know as the learning curve in the late 1800s and the term itself was first used in a 1903 issue of the American Journal of Psychology.
Earlier this year, the ONC released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which responds to a mandate included in 2016’s 21st Century Cures Act and lays out principles, terms and conditions on which to base an interoperability framework that healthcare organizations can embrace.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein
At the end of last month, President Trump dismissed VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, following weeks of speculation that he would do just that. In Shulkin’s place, Trump nominated his personal White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, a physician who’s never managed a large healthcare organization.
I’m proud to lead a group of intelligent and energetic technology professionals committed to developing a robust healthcare IT system that is easy for clinicians to use, improves patient health and doesn’t bankrupt hospital budgets. We think any sustainable system must have these three key attributes.
And how is healthcare doing thus far?
The illusion of control is tempting, even intoxicating. It’s also a common characteristic that almost all humans manifest to one degree or another as we work to satisfy competence motives, the need for security, survival instincts.
Because proximity often feels like control, it might also get in the way of secure healthcare IT.
It's a new year and, like most busy healthcare professionals, you're probably wondering how the previous year went by so quickly. If you feel like you couldn't keep up with key conversations from 2017, spend some time with the HITinsight top 10 blog posts before you dive into 2018's most pressing issues. The HITinsight top 10 cover a wide range of relevant issues and offer useful information from seasoned healthcare IT professionals. There's something here for everyone.
In the early 2000s, in preparation to write his bestseller, Moneyball, author Michael Lewis was trying to figure out how the Oakland Athletics could possibly be successful. A small-market team hemmed in by financial limitations, the A’s were regularly competitive even though their budget was dwarfed by that of teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s about time for articles making technology predictions for 2018 and proclaiming 2017 “the year of the (this space for rent).”
As editors cast about for the healthcare IT story of the current year, they might have a hard time making the case for blockchain technology based on measurable recent impact, but they’ll have less trouble endorsing blockchain if they look at current hype and future potential.