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Why health IT needs storytelling

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Although there are challenges in articulating the full scope of health IT’s value, defaulting to a blanketed pessimism in providing better care to populations is just as dangerous as blind optimism in respect to IT’s efficacy. Having proactive and meaningful discussions about health IT – backed both by evidence and personal experience – will only increase the industry’s understanding of how technology evolves as a valued tool in our journey toward health and wellness. Join peers, colleagues and like minds by submitting your inspirational health IT stories via the #IHeartHIT hashtag.

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Why health IT needs storytelling

  1. 1. WHY HEALTH IT NEEDS STORYTELLING #IHeartHIT |
  2. 2. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” PHILLIP PULLMAN
  3. 3. Storytelling’s purpose? “Fulfill a profound human need to grasp the patterns of living – not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.” ROBERT MCKEE
  4. 4. Healthcare’s pattern of living? #1 16M leading cause of death worldwide is heart disease. global non- communicable disease deaths are preventable.source: who.int source: who.intsource: cbo.gov $3.8T in total 2014 U.S. healthcare expenditures – 17.4% GDP.
  5. 5. How can technology help? “Letting computers do healthcare’s more algorithmic work might allow us the time and emotional space to re- establish the Art of healing.” AMANDA ANGELOTTI, MD
  6. 6. Therein lies health IT’s story…
  7. 7. Is that the story we’re telling? GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program Interoperability remains a challenge for EHRs Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic
  8. 8. Or, is there another angle? “We all need to be proactive on demonstrating and communicating the benefits of health IT, not reacting to negative media reports.” MARILYN TAVENNER
  9. 9. There are people out there making an impact – every day
  10. 10. Dreamers
  11. 11. “We are on the verge of tremendous innovation in healthcare. I want to be part of this. I want to transform the way care is delivered in our country. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. I’m making a difference in the lives of patients, and I’m up for the challenge.” LINDA STOTSKY @EMRAnswers
  12. 12. Sustainers
  13. 13. “Health IT underpins our ability to achieve The Triple Aim – especially supporting consumers’ self-care which can help optimize outcomes and drive costs down.” JANE SARASOHN-KAHN @healthythinker
  14. 14. Disruptors
  15. 15. “I believe the way to achieve lower costs, improve healthcare and the patient experience is the smart use of information technology. We are in the midst of a tech-enabled revolution that is transforming our healthcare system.” BRIAN AHIER @ahier
  16. 16. Geeks
  17. 17. “I invest time in understanding the geeky underside of health IT; it really helps to be able to look under the hood and understand the mechanisms for connecting content with IT systems. Because I can see the benefits of IT beyond the initial record- keeping functions, I’m passionate about pushing forward with health IT even if the current generation of EHRs and some other technologies are less than perfect.” JANICE McCALLUM @janicemccallum
  18. 18. Builders
  19. 19. “I’d rather design software to prolong life than shorten it, which may not be the case with otherwise cool technology. I’m fascinated by the philosophical, cultural, and ethical problems confronted, implicitly and explicitly, by healthcare information systems designers.” CHARLES WEBSTER @wareFLO
  20. 20. Solvers
  21. 21. “The results of my work directly impact everyone I know and love. It's incredibly fulfilling. And, I LOVE to solve big puzzles. What could be bigger than helping make the world a healthier place, one health data element at a time?” MANDI BISHOP @MandiBPro
  22. 22. Healers
  23. 23. “Today, I see the progress we are making for connected health and a thriving learning health system, with care and payment models and health policy that incent us all to shift forward. I am excited about bringing innovation and technology focus to where health and illness happens at home, in our neighborhoods, at work and where we live and play.” SUSAN HULL @SusanCHull
  24. 24. Has health technology inspired you to make a difference?
  25. 25. story. Inspire it back. #IHeartHIT SHARE YOUR STORIES USING LEARN. EXPLORE. INSPIRE.

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