Readings or Listening To Consider - 12/29/21

Books and Articles worth a Review…

Kudos For Marc Harrison – If you don’t receive the Harvard Business Review, you need to get your hands on a copy of the December 15, 2021 commentary by Marc Harrison, CEO of Intermountain Health based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is one of the leading healthcare CEOs in the country from my perspective. His commentary, “5 Critical Priorities for the U.S. Health Care System” is a must read and re-read for all of us engaged in making health care better. The five points he raises are: 1) Focus on Improving Health, 2) Tackle Racial Disparities, 3 Expand Telehealth and In-Home Hospital Services, 4) Build Integrated Systems; and, 5) Adopted Value-Based Care. While each of these elements are being pursued in a variety of environments across the USA, they should all be at the front of the line for health care. I will argue; however, that without the adoption of #5 – “Value-Based Care” – the numbers one through three with not be allocated the level of resources required for creating a robust response in the health care community. Check it out!!

The Emerson Collective – Rather than restating the focus of the Emerson Collective, let me encourage you to review their Mission Statement. The focus of the collective is to sponsor and support work which is ongoing throughout the world related to education, immigration reform, the environment, health and, supported by the undercurrent of justice. You can also check out the Collective’s recent gathering in the Bay Area where many of the founders and leaders of these various movements gathered to share and learn.

OnPoint.Com – If you’ve got 45 minutes to spare sometime over the holidays (if there are any days left), you should check out Meghna Chakrabarti’s recent December 22nd OnPoint program from her National Public Radio (NPR) entitled:How the metaverse blurs the line between virtual and reality”. It’s a great program. Besides Meghna Chakrabarti is one of the best interviewers – aside from Terri Gross – on any of the media. I’m not convinced that people will adopt the “metaverse” quite as aggressively as some believers would argue. But, perhaps I’m becoming old school? At the same time, it’s already clear that the use of virtual reality can make a difference for people – and, health care is one of the prime targets. Take for example, dementia where it’s clear that the use of virtual reality can help those patients in significant ways. Come to think of it, maybe I should sign up for some support.

UK Singers – ‘Tis the season for singing and given the Omicron that’s being spread around the country, many of us missed the carols and seasonal music. So, in a gesture of seasonal goodwill one of the Fellows I learned with during my W. K.  Kellogg Fellowship leadership experience passed along a special community event hosted by Alltech in Lexington, Kentucky. It involves the entire community and creates a sing-fest that offers up a captivating collection of seasonal hits. If you want to be uplifted from the woes of the pandemic, it is definitely worth watching. You can also sing along in the quiet of your home or office and, off key if you like…

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