Collaborative networks created to improve care delivery are growing.

Here is the most recent example from Fierce Healthcare (and another example of “getting it“):

A group of nineteen New England hospitals have joined together in a network allowing them to share information about clinical practices and boost their quality improvement efforts. The hospitals are starting by focusing on preventing and reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers. The hospitals will share this information through a “Rapid Adoption Network” sponsored by VHA Inc. The hospitals will be using VHA’s clinical blueprint to mount their pressure ulcer reduction efforts.


Ignorance is Bliss

System ignorance.  It is incredibly blinding.  It is incredibly powerful.  And it is incredibly pervasive.

But it’s bliss.

It’s also the reason we find health care in its current state.

Some blame doctors for ordering too many tests.  Some blame administrators for focusing on the bottom line.  Some blame insurance companies for their profit taking.  Some blame the government for participating too much.  Some blame the government for not participating enough.  Some blame patients for being uninsured or for not participating in care decisions.

Some + Some + Some + Some + Some + Some = Big Problems

As the problems in health care have mounted over time, it turns out the easiest and most plausible solution to such problems is to retreat and protect vested interests.  It becomes a turf war instead of a collaborative to find fixes.  System ignorance.  Local focus.

While all stakeholders are partly to blame (granted, some more than others) for the “health care situation,” placing blame is an exercise in futility.  The state of health care is a product of its past.  Past decisions (among all stakeholders) have made turf protection modus operandi.

Some very good people are working hard to fix all kinds of problems.  But solutions can’t be constructed in a vacuum.  Unanimous agreement is (for all intents and purposes) impossible.

Collaboration is the answer.   Our form of government, our way of living, our economic system warrants this approach.  An appeasable solution allows for all parties to be successful.

It has to, it’s our only way out.  Here’s to collaboration.  A lot of it.