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The Difficult Healthcare Problems Lie at the Crossroads

Posted on December 6, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Sometimes you stumble upon a quote which captures healthcare so perfectly. That’s what I felt when I heard this quote from Jonathan Sheldon at Oracle.

The real difficult problems sit at the crossroads of multiple domains – requires you to integrate data from separate domains.

-Jonathan Sheldon, Oracle

While many like to talk about the healthcare market, I’ve always felt that was a false framework. There’s no one healthcare market. At least not in the US. The world of healthcare is made up of hundreds of markets that have some overlaps and need to work together, but each market is very different. The simplest market to see is the ambulatory vs acute care vs post-acute care market. Each of these markets is so drastically different, that it’s really not useful to think of them as the same market. The same is true of specialties and even many regions.

The challenge of healthcare is that it spans all of these domains. And if you want to keep someone healthy and provide them an amazing patient experience, then you have to be able to span all of these different markets.

I guess that’s why the Jonathan Sheldon quote resonated with me so much. Healthcare faces a lot of difficult challenges, but one of the most difficult challenges is managing a patient’s care across all of these domains. All of us that have worked in healthcare have seen this first hand. It’s completely different cultures and often very different objectives.

While crossing these domains is one of the most challenging problems in healthcare, it is also some of the most rewarding.


Deep Thoughts from Einstein Applied to Health IT

Posted on May 13, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


Ok, to be honest, I don’t really want to fact check if Einstein really said this or not. You might know how quotes from famous people were often not said by said famous person. However, that doesn’t really matter to me since the above quote was too interesting not to share.

I really like the idea that the key to solving really challenging problems is to stay with the problems longer. The biggest challenge I think we face in healthcare IT is that far too many people are running around like chickens with their head cut off. I understand completely why it’s happening. The regulations and stimulus have created this maniacal set of requirements that require a bit of running around like crazy people.

I don’t think the major problems of healthcare can be solved through a maniacal chasing of incentives and regulations that we see in healthcare today.

If we want to really go after and solve major problems, then we have to stay with the problems a little longer and not head off to the next problem too quickly or even ignore a problem that seems challenging or even impossible. I realize that this is much easier said than done. We easily let the fires of today prevent us from preventing the fires that will come tomorrow, next month, and next year. It’s natural to do.

The thing that gives me most hope is the amazing people working in healthcare. The majority are great people trying to make a difference for good. Now we just need those good people working in healthcare IT can take a bit more time and stay with the problems of healthcare a little longer before they move on to put out the next fire.