What I ask you to take away from this and consider is not all these details and invention, but rather three principles:
--that we have to simplify, make concrete and make stable the standards that we build on—like the hugely successful example of the internet;
--that we should establish a beachhead somewhere and not try to win the whole war at once;
--that we can’t depend on experimenters and early adopters, we have to make it attractive to play and difficult to not play for everyone concerned.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Evidencing the strength of the health information technology (HIT) market, 25,000 people attended the HIMSS conference in New Orleans last week. HIMSS is a leading HIT trade association. HHS Secretary Leavitt and acting HIT czar Dr. Robert Kolodner both spoke at the conference, as did Captain Kirk (seriously). I recommend reading the speech given by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. The Governor made the following salient points: