Saturday, September 24, 2011

Three trends on the future of the medical profession, with links.




Ruminations on a profession:
Kent Bottles (@kentbottles) has a great piece:The Effect of the Information Revolution on American Medical Schools. It's a bit dated, but his opening comments on the nature of the medical professoin are golden.

Trend 1: Explosion of information tech and its consequences for medicine.
A GREAT 18 minute TEDtalk by Daniel Kraft: Medicine's Future? There's an app for that. (It's about leveraging cross-disciplinary, exponentially growing, technologies.)

Another fascinating TEDTalk by Eric Topol: The Wireless Future of Medicine. Many of these topics are covered in the Kraft talk, but it offers a wider survey of the gadgets.

Trend 2: Disruptive innovate is coming. 
The bible on this topic is The Innovator's Prescription by Clayton Christensen and others. Disruptive Innovation in Health Care Delivery provides a synopsis of the major concepts. (This one might be a little painful- hang in there through the business model talk- t's worth it.)

Trend 3: Social Media is coming.
Clay Shirky is the guru of social media (a philosopher and a sociologist). He has two TEDTalks, the first is about group formation and action. It's from 2005 and not specifically about healthcare, but it doesn't take a lot of imagination to apply it to healthcare. The second is more about information streams, and the same goes. Specifically, he details the power of groups to usurp professionals.

If you have the time, Shirky's newest book Here Comes Everybody is a great, great read.

Of course, feel free to explore your own topics and content- these are just some suggested guidelines. 

I'm excited for this session! Of course, let me know if you have questions.

Until then,
-Aaron

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