Stop looking for reasons to reinvent the wheel already!
A recent article, originally published in the New Yorker and republished on FierceHealthcare, suggested that hospitals should take some lessons from the Cheesecake Factory when it comes to delivering quality, coordinated and affordable services to the masses.
Whether you agree or disagree that the Cheesecake Factory is a poster child of how to make changes in healthcare, the principle behind the article is 100 percent spot on.
It may be cliché, but why reinvent the wheel? I’ve heard our CEO, Gary Kennedy, mention on several occasions that the healthcare industry can benefit from so many advances in computing. Other industries have benefitted, so why not healthcare.
The idea of looking to other industries or companies for solutions to similar problems is a smart, cost-effective strategy.
We see a simple example of this as we market our disease registry software. Registries come in many shapes and sizes, from custom-built registries, to Excel spreadsheets. But a registry, at its core, is a purpose-specific database. In healthcare and life science research registries are capable of collecting volumes of data – data that can and should be able to empower better decisions and show patterns that lead to improved outcomes.
Our technology employs a relational database as part of the foundation for the technology platform, having the analytical power of such a tool can mean the difference between making discoveries and innovating and not seeing the patterns in the research. This is one advance in computing that has catapulted other industries forward and is beginning to make a difference in healthcare.
Looking to other industries may not yield ALL the answers, but it will certainly yield SOME of the answers, and that’s a start.
Here’s an interesting interview with Dr. David Cutler, Professor of Economics at Harvard, it’s worth the 5 minutes.