“Role No. 6” by Benjamin Zander – Work (How to give an A)

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.”

Dr. Mike Ryan on Systems Engineering Coursea Open Course

In 2005,  the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine published consensus report Building a Better Delivery System- A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership.  2009, AHRQ published Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health  Care: Critical Areas of Research.  Both those reports introduce the great potential of systems engineering application in healthcare.  As as recent AHRQ recenty Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30) statedDespite the carefully crafted recommendations and thoughtful papers, its impact has been limited. ”   This education module will be a great help to fill the gap for healthcare providers’ education.  Thank you ! 




“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.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Great program by National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering-TRON: Legacy Exhibit at USA Science & Engineering Expo

Technology, simulation, engineering, education, science and fun are all in one place. 🙂

I/ITSEC 2010, US Army Medical Simulation

Thunderbirds Knock it off- Human Errors

Sadly, even most talented pilot (1,500+ flight hours and has received numerous awards.  served as a flight examiner, flight instructor and flight commander) also can make a mistake. The confusion of “AGL” vs ” MSL” might contributes to this disaster in addition to human errors.  System changes are critical.

Business of Innovation: Redefining Health Care – CNBC.com

Business of Innovation: Redefining Health Care – CNBC.com.

Great discussion from different healthcare leaders.

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