Why Don’t Information Industries Make a Greater Impact on Care Delivery?

Dr. Terry Young , Professor of Healthcare Systems, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, Brunel University

He and Dr. James Fackler published a paper  Why healthcare professionals are slow to adopt modeling and simulation?  to explore the reason for slow adoption of the computer modeling and simulation in healthcare.

Professo Young is also the co-founder of the Cumberland Initiative, a network of leading clinicians, managers, modellers, academics and industry specialists who are pioneering the modeling and simulation approach in the NHS. Lord Norman Warner, former Health Minister for NHS reform said in a press conference. 

“We will only do something different if we have an analytical base to enable people to change,” argued Lord Warner. “The problem in the NHS is, unless local people are confronted with overwhelming evidence that something has to be done and there is another way, in many places they don’t change their institutional behaviour.” 

The NHS is a very conservative organisation in many places. But where we are now, we badly need the kind of initiative that Cumberland is showing. The traditional thing you do is try and gee up doctors and managers but we need a bit of an injection of data collection and analysis.”

21st Century Health Care: Wedges, Homes, and the Future of Pedagogy



Simulation is serious play.

This Is How We Dream: Incremental vs fundamental change by social networking tools

This is fasicianting talk by Dr. Richard E. Miller, Professor of English  about  humanities, technology, English learning, writing.  Don’t forget the part 2.

“In Praise of Fresh Air” and Medical Simulation 2.0

Finished the #IMSH2012  this Wednesday Feb 1. On my way home, ads inside newspaper did got my attention and inspiration.  That was the new brand and logo promotion from J.C. Penney by Ron Johnson (previous Apple executive) (Disclosure,  I don’t have  personal financial conflict of interest).  The key message is ” In praise of fresh air”.  The IMSH2012 draw near 3000 people around the world.   Beyond the fresh air we had at San Diego, I had chance to talk old and new friends.  Their insights made me thinking: What is the next 10 years for medical simulation community?

“Use the force, Luke.” But when?

Professor Jim Heskett in this HBS article  What’s the Best Way to Make Careful Decisions? talk about what is the right mix between intuition and analysis?  He also refer to Mauboussin’s book “Think Twice”  citing a wide range of examples and research, argues that “we use experts (as opposed to diverse “crowds”) too frequently, that we too often fail to: identify the nature of the problem, match solution techniques with problems, seek diversity in our feedback, and use technology where possible”    You can find Micheal  Mauboussin’s  great talk about this topic.

So we need to re-think what this means to healthcare delivery.

Simulation Game for Transfusion Medicine: Transformative Fusion of Innovative Blood Management Technologies

Dr.Mark Ereth, Professor of Anesthesiology introduced new iPad application TransFuse in today’s Mayo Clinic’s third annual Social Media Summit. It is created in collaboration with the Center of Innovation at Mayo Clinic to educate and challenge clinicians as to the best blood transfusion threshold practices.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Engineering Amazing: Computer simulation can also help to transform the healthcare delivery

This is the next phase of medical simulation (2.0) for patient safety and quality care.  Modeling and Simulation is one of the most important systems engineering tools for analyzing complex systems.  It is also a prediction tool to estimate the performance of systems too complex for analytical solutions  or too expensive/danger to use “trial and error”.

British engineering+Japanese innovation +good old fashioned common sense:system change makes a difference

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