Last week I was visiting Microsoft customers and associates in Stockholm, Sweden. Today’s website submit starts off with a tale that reminds me of the problems and possibilities for health care systems close to the world, and the likely for information engineering to change the way healthcare is delivered.
The story starts with an formidable King who commissioned what was to be a single of the most lovely and fiercest battling ships in the globe. Teams of craftsmen and artisans labored for two many years to generate a warship that was as significantly a operate of artwork as it was a combating equipment.
There experienced been early warnings in the course of development that the uncommon layout of the ship, with two decks of cannon, small area for ballast, and a top way too tall for its beam, might result in the ship to be unstable in a squall. But function ongoing and the ship was accomplished. On August 10th, 1628, it set sail on its maiden voyage. No much more than a thousand meters out into Stockholm Harbor the ship encountered a sudden gale and outlined violently to 1 aspect. Sea h2o hurry into the reduce, open up cannon ports. Regardless of the very best efforts of its captain and a crew to correct the ship, the Vasa speedily sank to a depth of 33 meters. At minimum thirty of the 200 or so sailors and visitors aboard the ship dropped their life. For 333 a long time, the Vasa sat upright and partly submerged in mud at the base of Stockholm Harbor. It wasn’t until 1961 that a curious man with a hunch rediscovered its spot. A unsafe, arduous and incredibly pricey salvage effort ensured, and the Vasa was introduced to the floor as soon as once more. Restoration and preservation of the ship carries on to this day.
If you ever come to Stockholm, I can extremely advise a check out to the Vasa Museum. There you will see the largest and oldest wooden sailing vessel ever salvaged and brought to the surface area. More than ninety five p.c of the ship is unique. At the museum you are going to understand about the ship and the every day existence of seventeenth century sailors. You will even see the skeletal stays and possessions of a lot of of the misplaced souls who went down with the ship. It is undoubtedly a 5-star attraction.
So what does this have to do with health care supply programs, EMRs, mHealth and eHealth technologies? It strikes me that a lot of of the health techniques and data technologies remedies I see about the world are a minor little bit like the Vasa–unsteady at the foundation. On this excursion I satisfied with clinicians, healthcare executives, EMR builders and IT employees from some of the greatest institutions in the nation (including the world famous Karolinska Institute). I heard the very same tales I listen to almost everywhere I go in the developed world—stories of health care techniques with perverse incentives that make unwell treatment preferable to prevention that inhibit innovation although preserving the position quo that fall short to meet up with the wants of a expanding inhabitants of sufferers who have escalating anticipations and an ever increased incidence of persistent illness. All of this ends up costing culture much more than we can actually pay for. In addition, numerous of today’s hospitals and clinics proceed to use information engineering that is nicely previous its primary–technologies that was created for an additional era. Everybody seems to agree that modernization is necessary, but intricate governance, over regulation, constrained budgets and wavering political assist inhibit the common deployment of offered new technologies that could transform health-related practice and health care supply .
That is not to say progress isn’t really getting created. There are lots of excellent ideas and innovations all about. They just rarely get implemented at scale. I think it is time to clear the drawing board, get rid of the limitations, correct the design flaws and commence anew. I must say I was extensively impressed by so numerous of the clinicians and health care executives I fulfilled on this journey. Their passion for bettering wellness and healthcare is inspiring.
With a new technology of extremely cellular gadgets, powerful nevertheless intuitive apps and leaner, cloud-based solutions, I’m rather sure we have the technologies we want to assist appropriate the ship. Will not you please be a part of the crew!
My up coming cease is Oslo, Norway, for the Planet Medical center Congress. Probably I’ll see some of you there.
Invoice Crounse, MD Senior Director, Throughout the world Heath Microsoft