The Design Council Magazine hosted a virtual round table discussion addressing the relationships between design and business. A quote from service design specialist William Owen:
Design is integral if your business faces disruptions … in other words, if you’re in any kind of business.
This graph, from Economix, is making its way around the intertubes:
This swine flu stuff is serious business. However, in consideration of recent media coverage, a little perspective can be a good thing:
I was downright exasperated after hearing a personal story about a frightful cat bite incident: infection, septic shock, near death. Who knew?
Anyway, if a cat bites you or someone you are responsible for, it may be a good idea to seek medical attention.
Out of the country for a few days (ten to be exact), I’ll check in when possible.
Demanding offline commitments (ugh! the weeks of student life are s-l-o-w-l-y ticking by…) mean a few days of light posting. I’ve been trying to keep up by posting links to other good stuff but this week is being driven by the theme “Buckle Down Week.” Back later this week…
The Wall Street Journal on the sad, sickening reality of unprofitable hospitals. The situation is only going to get worse as hospitals who have come to rely on investments to supplement operating margins no longer can.
Best line: “Shutting down unprofitable operations and expanding profitable ones is a common business, but nonprofit hospital systems aren’t ordinary businesses.”
I’m tired of bailouts. I’m sure you are, too.
I don’t think we’ve reached the crossroads quite yet, but the financial craziness certainly has moved up health care’s judgement day.