Motivation for innovation cannot be imposed
Regarding the article “U.S. lags behind in healthcare innovation” (ModernHealthcare.com, Feb. 27), those interested in fostering healthcare innovation should read Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, view his TED talk, or look up the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on motivating professionals. Motivation for innovation is dependent on autonomy, mastery and purpose. Does anyone really think that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ actions and mindset reflect a cogent understanding of this? Healthcare is a complex adaptive system. It follows emergent, not imposed, order. Attempts to impose order shift a complex adaptive system into chaos. In other words, it looks a lot like healthcare now. Dr. Russell Gonnering
Elm Grove, Wis.