Healthcare Tradition and Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare Innovation and Tradition

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.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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