Mo­ti­va­tion for in­no­va­tion can­not be im­posed

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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.

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