Could fixing healthcare be as simple as a checklist? | Gentlemachines |
We tend to believe that when it comes to medicine, specialization, individual brilliance, and high tech solutions are the way forward.

"Having made the argument that the lack of coordination was (in some cases literally) killing us, Gawande suggested that the way forward will be to truly systematize care. To do that, we need to abandon the cowboy model of medicine, collectively discover where our failures are, devise solutions, and get them implemented.

This isn't glamorous work, but it is essential. Sometimes the solutions can be as simple as a checklist. A preflight checklist, for instance, doesn't tell the pilot how to fly, but it aides the pilot in avoiding common mistakes. And we already know these work for medicine, too; in some countries, checklists before surgery improved survival rates far greater than any single drug could."