A Tale of Two Systems

To create real and lasting change, we must question our fundamental assumptions.

OPINION -- The work of Curandi is to transform healthcare into a living system that works. Today, we manage healthcare with industrial-age ideas. To show how things might be different, this article compares the consequences of traditional healthcare management with the way products of the information and communications systems are managed.

The two economies have a lot in common. Both are Complex Adaptive Systems. Both are knowledge industries that provide services. Both depend on significant scientific and technological advances. Both use the same computing, networking, and communication tools and technology. But the big, big difference is the way they put those tools use, as shown in Figure 1.

And thus what they create is decidedly different.

Figure 3 is data from the St Louis Federal Reserve and shows the inflation indexes for healthcare on the left and information and communication systems on the right. Healthcare was the highest category of inflation while information systems and communication dropped below CPI. This is no accident.

The Curandi Model™ will improve care and lower cost by changing system and business models to embrace the reality that healthcare is a Complex Adaptive System. This is a focus on people, purpose, and systems that adapts to the needs of the patient.

Significant change in healthcare is coming either way; our current path is not sustainable. Changing to the Curandi model will dramatically “up our game.” Learn about Curandi. Join a movement that will incrementally transform silos of cost and constraint to natural systems of abundance.

Dr. Rohwer is a founder and former CEO of PH Tech. He is the current Executive Director of Curandi, a not-for-profit organization working to heal healthcare. He can be reached at [email protected].

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