Insights from Ted James, MD at the MEDITECH MD & CIO Forum

Over the next couple days, I’m attending the MEDITECH MD and CIO Forum. This is essentially the user conference for the MD and CIO users of MEDITECH software. This morning, they kicked off the event with Ted James, MD, Medical Director at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School. He provided a number of great insights into what’s happening in healthcare and what leaders can do to be more successful.

Below you’ll find a Twitter summary of Ted James, MD’s keynote. You can also watch the live video interviews I’m doing from the event on the Healthcare Scene Facebook page and follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #MDCIO2018.

Healthcare change seems to be an ever ongoing theme. The question really is around the pace of change.

Anyone that’s been through meaningful use understands this experience.

Routine is a powerful idea. So powerful that it prevents change.

Leadership is the key to any change and was a definite theme from Ted James, MD’s keynote.

I love the concept of nudges, but it only works for a subset of use cases in healthcare. Why? Because so many things in healthcare are really complex.

These 3 ideas were really interesting, but I definitely need more time to fully process what they mean. What do you think of these 3 ideas?

This was a really fascinating idea. It illustrates the need to constantly communicate changes so that people get use to the change before the change even occurs. Familiarity with something changes the experience.

Moving an iceberg feels like an apt descrition of healthcare.

This reminds me of when I recently heard that more yoga won’t fix the physician burnout problem.

This is an important lesson for leaders.

This was a refreshing experience to see so many women at a MD and CIO event.

Check back later for more coverage from the MEDITECH MD and CIO Forum.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

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  • […] I recently had the pleasure of attending the annual MEDITECH MD and CIO Forum. Not only was the venue and MEDITECH hospitality great, but they also ordered up beautiful fall weather for the event in Boston. Although, I have to admit that it must be intimidating to speak at an event hosted in the round. Luckily all of the keynotes really delivered (See my post about Ted James, MD’s keynote). […]

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