Change vs. Transformation

October 18, 2017  |  Category: Transforming Medicine

“The only thing that is constant is change,” the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously wrote – an adage often paraphrased by people describing dynamic industries, such as healthcare.  Constant, yes, but how beneficial?

It has been said that change aspires to make a system better, while transformation aspires to make a better system.  By that definition, we see a lot of change in healthcare (yielding mixed results), but, to date, no transformation.  Recent examples of change include the ACA, to change how people receive health insurance; the meaningful use program, to change the medium on which patient’s health records are stored; and the MACRA initiative, to change how healthcare providers are reimbursed.

Unfortunately, none of these changes has improved the quality of patient care, reduced the cost of healthcare delivery, or improved physicians’ lives.  So what is desperately needed is transformation.

PatientKeeper is committed to fostering transformation, specifically in how physicians access and use information to deliver patient care and, in so doing, enable the delivery of better care.  In that spirit, and consistent with that mission, PatientKeeper’s blog is now called TransforMED.  We will use this space to feature insights from healthcare executives, physicians and IT professionals about transforming medicine. These individuals all have a stake in bringing the full value of healthcare IT to life and each has a role to play in making it happen. TransforMED will serve as a platform to talk about what’s being done today, and what’s possible tomorrow, to bring the full promise of healthcare digitalization to life.

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Paul Brient
Chief Executive Officer
Paul has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology. Prior to PatientKeeper, Paul held senior executive-level positions at leading healthcare and consulting firms, such as McKesson, HPR, and The Boston Consulting Group. Paul began his healthcare IT career as the founder and president of BCS, an early physician office management software company.