A Holistic Approach to Fixing Healthcare

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I see a huge number of leaders in health care right now that are quite entrenched in status quo and maybe saying the right things but are not leading their organisations to create the desirable futures that our sons, daughters and their children I think deserve and could have with the right leadership.

We now have an entrenched sick care system with a medical industrial complex that is arguably out of control at this point. We need not only great complex adapted teams, but we need policy interventions at the level of communities, that make it easier for people to be successful staying healthy.

The payment system that works in society and in medicare over the last 50 years is principally responsible for the sick-care systems that we currently have. We're going to see a fairly dramatic shift in the way we learn from sort of traditional trial structures to some people call in-silica research so basically using large data sets to derive most of the information that moves us forward.

The variation on why people do things in their lives first to then destructive things is enormous. It cannot be reduced to when your assembly line thinking. So, we need to look for holistic strategies, that allow us to build a system that prevents disease rather than waits for it to occur and then attempts to apply reductionistic science at that point.

The thought that we are going to identify the specific causes of all the specific molecular causes of all the diseases that we're faced with, and that there's going to be a magic bullet treatment is a flawed approach for many of the diseases that we're currently facing. We've now reached the limits of success with reductionistic approaches and need to move to sort of a more complex systems approach to science, a more holistic approach.