The Hacker Ethic fascinates me. I love how hackers … just do. And I think healthcare organizations could use more individuals with hacker mindsets. This is my attempt at classifying that mindset in the healthcare setting. With apologies to those it offends.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
My bet is that a national payer (i.e., United, Aetna, etc.) is the first to create Angry Birds for healthcare. It will be interesting to see who they partner with. Tools like swrve will allow for instant (and greater) personalization which is a hugely important factor in making health gaming relevant (and easy) (and enjoyable) to folks.
The challenge here is cultural and generational- companies and organizations used to working with old school processes and systems are going to have to find a way to adapt to this new world. Just because their core business might not even be in the internet space doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be significantly impacted by it, or be able to take advantage of it.
IBM has inked a deal with health insurer WellPoint that will let WellPoint use the technology behind “Jeopardy”-playing computer Watson to suggest patient diagnoses and treatments.
If volume and reimbursement are the biggest hurdles, we are so money.