— CancerGeek (@CancerGeek) June 23, 2016
I think we have to be careful taking this comment too far. Many healthcare traditions are good. We shouldn’t throw out all healthcare traditions. However, we should question many of our healthcare traditions to see, Who’s right, who’s wrong, and how might things have changed?
I’ve heard and seen far too many stories of doctors and other healthcare professionals that aren’t interested in listening to anything that would require them to change. I believe it’s the minority of providers, but it’s a stubborn minority that’s causing much of healthcare not to progress. The largest group is likely those that are willing to change but don’t take the time to explore change (I don’t blame them for not exploring more considering the treadmill we’ve stuck them on). They do what they’ve “always” done because they don’t know any better. There’s safety in doing what you’ve “always” done.
All of that said, Andy is right that innovation lives in the midst of change and discomfort.