How Do Cargo Shipping, a War, and iTunes Relate to the Current Healthcare IT Landscape?

No, this is not a setup for a joke.  Malcolm Gladwell, the author of “The Tipping Point” uses these examples to illustrate bringing different groups and systems together ultimately benefits everyone. Interoperability in warfare technology helped the Israelis were able to shoot down all Syrian aircraft in 2 days without losing any of theirs to enemy fire.  How a single person rethought how cargo reception process at American docks and seaports and helped to revolutionize the shipping business.  How the changing in way consumers obtain music back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s could have not bankrupted the music industry but shifted those dollars to other segments like live performances.

Interoperability and also the ability to reframe the issue at hand can be a good thing, something to not fight b/c it goes against what we’ve always done.  “Sometimes when we look at innovation, we make the mistake of thinking that innovation is specific to an individual invention or a device,” says Gladwell.  “The greatest transformation brought about by technology is when you bring the various pieces and have them work together in combination. It’s the synergies that bring about the greatest changes in the world.”


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