Why We Must #Unthink Healthcare – Page 2

Why We Must #Unthink Healthcare – Page 2



As I was preparing for an IntrepidNow podcast with Joe Lavelle, my wife Debbie and I were discussing the #Unthink movement. Her perspective reflects those of a software developer, as well as a patient.

They reflect the meaning portrayed so eloquently on my #walkinggallery jacket by Regina Holliday. They are the substance of previous conversations with Nick Adkins, Jamey Edwards and Zac Jiwa at #JPM17 in San Francisco. They are the reason I’m in the #pinksocks tribe.

Healthcare means more to us than checking boxes, rolling out iterations or selling licenses. It’s our personal journey. Our journey reflects our family, our values and our vision for Healthcare 3.0. Come meet the author at our #HIMSS17 Booth 6489. Debbie and I will both be there, and we look forward to continuing this conversation with you.

“At the center of the #unthink concept is the convergence of art and science.  Yes, it is still important to study facts and know details, but facts and details alone do not heal.  It is the creative art of applying those facts and details in the right place at the right time that brings healing and prevention to move humanity forward.

The #unthinking of Patient access to medical records began with the HIPAA paradigm shift re-defining ownership of the medical record and returning authority for privacy to the patient.

Likewise, we continue to see the human factors of technology take precedence over machine logic as new products emphasize usable design.

The Puzzle of interoperability continues to take center stage in healthcare IT, as the complexities of the connectedness of the big picture of health continue to unfold.  It is no longer acceptable to operate as silos of knowledge and technique in distinct sub-specialties.  Instead, the patient as a consumer expects the medical world to be as connected as the financial world.

The biggest and most urgent area in need of an #unthink mindset right now is in new payment models.  The healthcare system and the insurance industry in America are no longer financially viable.”

-Debbie Esslinger

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