Why Innovation Is So Hard in Health Care – and How to Do It Anyway

Another funny thing in healthcare: everyone says they are innovators. Maybe they are. But a slacking innovation record begs to differ. Innovation takes boldness. In reality, there really aren’t all that many people doing really (read: exceptionally) bold things (on the delivery side) at the moment.

Why Innovation Is So Hard in Health Care – and How to Do It Anyway

Health Indicators Warehouse. Putting data to use!

“HIW is a new resource serving as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative. It contains standardized health outcome and health determinant indicators along with associated evidence-based interventions, which can be easily displayed, and will benefit a broad variety of users.”

Health Indicators Warehouse. Putting data to use!

Gosh darn meetings

If there is one constant criticism I hear from healthcare insiders, it is this: we meet too much. Meetings dominate calendars. Most of it is for good reason: healthcare, with all its disparate players, requires extensive levels of collaboration.

So barring a dictum from above, we’re left with a revolutionary concept: make meetings more effective. There are plenty of methods to try, but Tony Golsby-Smith suggests one with real potential: turn your meetings into conversations.

He concludes with an optimistic reality check:

Of course, I am not arguing that an organization should throw out all of its agenda-driven process meetings and replace them with conversations. But by holding more conversations and fewer meetings, you will find that people begin to solve your company’s wickedest problems faster, and in a richer way. And instead of complaining about being bored to death, people will talk about how much fun they’ve had.

Healthcare Evolution 2020

Ogilvy CommonHealth made seven predictions in a report about how digitally mediated healthcare will evolve by 2020. You can read about it here and receive the entire report if you scroll to the bottom and send an email to someone.

All in all, pretty safe bets–most of which will not require the nine years between now and 2020 to evolve into reality. Except for the last one. But for someone who works in healthcare, these are all very exciting propositions–and I certainly hope they won’t require nine years to come about.

  1. Exhaustive Behavioural Targeting Transforms Health Messaging.
  2. “Auto-Triage” Aids More Efficient Care.
  3. Supermarkets Become Centers For Healthcare.
  4. Personalized Videos Bring Diseases To Life.
  5. Health Tourism Becomes Mainstream.
  6. Gaming Connects Patients & Changes Lifestyles.
  7. Communication Enabled Through The Power Of The Mind.

Say No to PowerPoint Week

Following last month’s meeting boycott push, this week we are fortunate to celebrate the rejection of PowerPoint. Though it’s hardly the problem. And blaming the full-featured presentation program creates a common rallying cry we can circle around. No, the problem is the people who use it incorrectly (yes, PP could share some blame being that the default slide invites bullets…). Even beyond those individuals, at many organizations PowerPoint presentations are the chosen paradigm–so much so that if anyone introduces anything different that person loses the audience because they’re so flabbergasted that they won’t have the slides when they return to their desk.

Say No to PowerPoint Week

Most health solutions aren’t medical, they’re social.

Just like on Saturday night when you don’t feel like going out, friends can help you change your behavior. That workout buddy the experts suggest your acquire? She’s not for entertainment between sets, the two of you are meant to be a co-existing force to ensure you both follow through on your New Year’s resolution to visit the gym three times a week. Great post.

Most health solutions aren’t medical, they’re social.