Solving Problems Today

John Halamka, the uber healthcare CIO, is experimenting with his calendar:

The same thing can be applied to our administrative lives. Each day there are challenges created by customers, employees, and the external world. If we left 50% of our calendars open each day for solving today’s problems today, we would reduce stress, enhance communication, and improve efficiency. We could even develop metrics for senior executives which measure “time to problem resolution” as a means to drive incentive compensation.

Today, we pay doctors for quantity of care delivered instead of quality. Healthcare reform is intended to change that. Administratively, we should be paid for the problems we solve, the chaos we eliminate, and the processes we improve.

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