Lots of people read articles and books from futurists with interest. Some are fascinated with the borderline science fiction and reality blend. If you’re some of those people you have in all probability realized that the planet of innovation and discovery is moving faster than previously in human history. One book, which I will suggest is:
“Prescription for the Future-How the Technology is Changing the Pulse of Global Health” Care-By Moore, Rey, Rollins.
It is written together with Anderson Consulting. It is interesting how several things in this book describing the long run came into existence and how several things did not. It had been written in 1996 and predicted some great things and the ideals presented produced some great things, yet right after this book Columbia Health Care showed everyone the light. This book cited true to life examples and successes and true to life failures. In hindsight we see that the idealism was before its time and the components, which did not fit were many of the things, that have been not in the equation; Government regulations for one. Would I will suggest this book? Yes exactly like I’d recommend “Business at the Speed of Thought” or “Bill Gates Speaks,” yet I would not call “Prescription for the Future” the finish all cure all for health care. It is interesting to hear President Bush speak on the medical care issue of HIPPA stating that technology in IT will solve the regulatory hardship and indeed in the event that you read any of the white papers from BitPipe, they’ll show his statement is correct. And we are seeing PDA wireless devices, which are HIPPA safe with encrypted 802.11 and the tele-robotics has surely develop into a common used tool for surgery half way round the globe. These trends will continue and the science and technology improve. Futurists predict it and money is flowing from VC to industry to produce it so.
Recent technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry forever. I question many facets of this book along side those methods recommended in a book like TQM, the brand new and the old cannot fully be integrated and sometimes the old should be destroyed to usher in the brand new, otherwise the you only get new buzzwords and minutia.
A lot of the types of case studies and true to life successes in this book and there were a ton of them, must be studied and celebrated. I only recommend this book as a exercise in thought process and problem solving because it will help anyone in any industry to innovate, but I do not recommend this book to anyone attempting to revitalize an HMO or Hospital because it is now outdated; see how fast the planet moves in 10-years. That statement in itself proves the book’s point. I see why it had been so popular back in its hay day. I probably must have read it then when I bought the damn thing. If you’re a professional, consolidator or in the Medical care industry you ought to read it, with a salt shaker not far from, if you should be an innovator, inventor, thinker; or simply you wish to be, then go pick up a copy today. Read it chapter by chapter and think onto it, you will undoubtedly be glad you did.