In many respects, we've arrived. Yet what we know now won't get us to the next level. So I'm looking for signals from the future, & I'm curating them here.
No algorithms, no chatbots, no cats. Just 6 inspirations for change.
1. A stunning new ICU narrative.
Tom Malmquist is a Swedish poet whose wife died of leukemia who wrote a novel about a Swedish poet whose wife died of leukemia. Too much like work? Maybe. But he’s captured better than anyone the experience of a family member. From The Guardian: “what makes it arresting is that Malmquist clearly understands that a voice most profoundly expressing pain is often a voice refusing to register pain.” A wow read.
Global warming is an immediate battle with enormous consequences. We dare not wait for Washington to return to sanity – nor do we have to
4. Why can't we grab the public like this?
We keep tripping over our own feet in public, it seems. But our messaging work is cooking, and you’ll hear more soon, in this newsletter. Because better is possible. Exhibit A: a video I couldn’t stop watching. And it’s an ad.
Three Minutes - YouTube
5. A taxonomy of alternative payment models.
From Mark McClellan & others, a useful summary. The most salient principle: “Value-based incentives should be intense enough to motivate clinicians and health care facilities to invest in and adopt new approaches to care delivery without subjecting them to financial and clinical risk they cannot manage.” Translation: we’ll push, but not too hard. Interesting.
This Viewpoint describes the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s alternative payment model classification system and its framework principles.
6. The visible & invisible: a 52 second listen.
Last weekend, I played fanboy at a gathering held by Krista Tippett, the journalist who created On Being, just outside Santa Cruz. Opening the weekend was poet David Whyte, & his reading was *so* evocative–way beyond the words on the page. For readers who helped me get this project started at Care.Lab, this is for you: Whyte reading “Working Together.”