Saturday, October 29, 2016


The topic is germane to the changes in our world today, not just in health care.

The Seventh Sense, written by Joshua Cooper Ramo offers an explanation and an open ended question about Endless terror. Refugee waves. An unfix-able global economy. Surprising election results. New billion-dollar fortunes. Miracle medical advances. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? 

Beyond the aspects of how and why lies the simple fact that change is inevitable,no matter what time period we examine. Looking backward from the present globalization, health care revolution, digital/internet revolution, the industrial revolution, 

The next generation of revolutionary leaders is a continuing  stream of bright, creative, and out of the box peoples. Linked in describes the 2016 LinkedIn Next Wave. Not surprisingly there are some from the health care sphere , notably three physicians.

Linkedin identified ten people in health care as thought leaders and exceptional networkers.

Dr. Loren Robinson

Dr. David Mou
Co-founder and medical director, Valera Health
Elizabeth Asa  CEO, 3Derm Systems

Zoe Barr  Founder and CEO, ZappRx

The list mentions ten innovators

In a recent book, The Seventh Sense, called this instinct to connect a whole new skill—really a sensibility that marks success now. I mean an ability to look at the world, see connection, and use it. It’s a skill that can be learned. And it is what will mark the winners and losers of our age when we look back several decades from now. What the data tells us about the Next Wave leaders is something I think we all know by instinct now anyhow: Success and connection are really the same thing now.

Much of the criteria for a mention in the New Wave is related to the power of their network. Of course this selection is highly biased by their presence on social media. This new metric is foreign to most established businesses, However it has gained traction among young professionals and must not be ignored.

In reality networking has become essential, health maintenance organizations, group medical practice, large health systems, accountable care organizations. The  impetus to network is also  being driven by visions from CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Many of these new networks are unproven and promoted on the basis of cost containment, quality  assurance, and regulatory processes.

Some of these networks will not suceed.  Early evidence indicates an inability to be self-sustaining without government  support, and questionable metrics for measuring success.

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