As anyone who works in the industry knows, hospitals change at a glacial pace. Worse, just about every change taking place in hospitals today has been forced on the industry by outside forces.
But in this era of change, I say it’s time we rethink the traditional assumptions about how hospitals run–which still retain roots going back several decades–and revisit the notion of a hospital from the ground up.
We want to toss out assumptions about how and why hospitals fit services into their mix, how key employees are compensated, how inter-hospital competition is managed and more.
It’s not that we think absolutely everything is being done wrong; it’s just that it’s time to look at what’s not in on the radar screen and get it into view.
If this is your cup of tea, please join us as we lay one thesis out at a time. We welcome your additions, criticisms, commentary, skepticism and updates–whatever seems best.
In the mean time, if you have assertions that belong on the list: e.g. “The nextHospital will never, ever keep patients waiting in line more than two hours,” lay them out. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!