Embracing the “GENIUS OF THE AND”: The Promise of Digital Health in REAL Healthcare Reform
Way back in 1994, Management Thought Leader Jim Collins, and Stanford Professor Jerry Porras wrote a book about how to build sustainable businesses called Built to Last. In it, Collins and Porras advised their readers of several characteristics that successful organizations share in common. One of those tenets was to embrace the “genius of the AND”.
“Builders of greatness reject the "Tyranny of the OR" and embrace the "Genius of the AND." Build your company so that it preserves a passionately held core ideology and simultaneously stimulates progress in everything but that ideology. Preserve the core and stimulate progress. A truly visionary company embraces both ends of a continuum: continuity and change, conservatism and progressiveness, stability and revolution, predictability and chaos, heritage and renewal, fundamentals and craziness. And, and, and.”
- Jim Collins & Jerry Poras, Built to Last, 1994
There is value in “embracing the genius of the AND” for digital health innovators who are competing for finite venture capital dollars, brand “mindshare”, and market adoption. Rather than positioning health technology solutions as competitors, it’s logical to seek out opportunities for seamless integration across the spectrum of technologies AND into the healthcare delivery system.
Here’s an example of seamless integration across health technologies: In August 2016, Apple acquired a 3 year old personal health data startup called Gliimpse, Gliimpse takes a complicated clinical health record, combines it with patient-reported health and fitness tracking data from various sources, and presents it in a user-friendly format and language that is understandable and valuable for both patients and their doctors. In a nutshell, Gliimpse allows anyone to securely and seamlessly aggregate, manage, and share personal health information with people they trust.
Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) is pleased to welcome Katrina Khouri to its growing team of Implementation Consultants. Khouri will work directly with individual physicians, physician groups, human service and social agencies, and community organizations in Genesee County to establish connectivity to the GLHC health information exchange network.
In February 2016, GLHC announced a $250,000 investment to build up the region’s health IT infrastructure, an essential tool in ensuring the timely, accurate and secure exchange of medical data. This investment is in collaboration with the Greater Flint Health Coalition and the healthcare community throughout Genesee County. Establishing technological connectivity to its database of more than 6.5 million records enables providers and community organizations to facilitate the long-term care coordination needed now, and for decades to come, for more than 420,000 Genesee County residents potentially impacted by the Flint water issue.
“Katrina is well known and respected within the Flint region,” says Mary Graham, Manager of Community Engagement at GLHC. “Her leadership and expertise are a great complement to our already high performing team. We’re excited to have her join us.”
The following sites have joined the GLHC care-connected community this past month and are now part of the GLHC Referral community. More information, the complete list of live sites, and the Referrals User Guides are available at www.gl-hc.org/referrals.
Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baxter Dental Clinic
Benjamin J Visger DO PLLC
Every Woman OB GYN
Metro Health Alger Heights
Namdeo Kale MD PC
Northeast Guidance Center - East Warren
Northeast Guidance Center - Kelly Rd
Rochester Medical Group Neurology
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Neurology
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Outpatient Rehabilitation (all outpatient rehabilitation locations)
Spectrum Health Primary Care (40 sites across West Michigan)
Third Coast Family Practice
Family Futures - Healthy Start Program --> Family Futures - Healthy Families
In order to better communicate what is new and developing at Great Lakes Health Connect, we are going to offer two (2) half-hour update meetings per quarter. These Virtual Update Meetings will give us a timely and focused forum to share information across the state with our deployment and business leads as well as strategic partners.
Over the summer we have created five videos that explain some important parts of the Command Center and the Referral Application. We will continue to produce videos this fall, a VIPR video is almost ready to be released!
You can watch the videos on our Vimeo page and through the GLHC website.