Sunday, August 10, 2008

The failure of e-health/telehealth today

Because I recently had rotator cuff surgery, my output has declined and maybe it allowed me to sit back and think of the state e-health/telehealth today in the US.

Sadly with some exceptions, I am not impressed, but in parts of the world we don't even compare.
Why perhaps its lack of leadership or our e-health/telehealth leaders are risk adverse?
What may be lacking, in my opinion is we don't have any e-health/telehealth statesmen.

To paraphrase Seth Godin, There aren't so many statesmen. People who speak truth to power. Leaders who describe what they see, whether or not it serves their short-term interests. They say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done, as long as it serves the long-term needs of their constituents. No wonder we like them so much.

Lawyers are sworn to be advocates. It's their duty. They take a side and they argue it. They're not supposed to tell the truth, they're supposed to argue a point of view.
Guess who has a better reputation?

We need our statesmen to step up in e-health/telehealth today. Its time for the Simon Bolivar's of e-health/telehealth to call for a new revolution today. Before the barbarians overrun the statesmen.


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