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Simplicity is the keystone to Successful Healthcare Technology

Adam Tabriz, MD
Apr 14, 2019 · 5 min read
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Simplicity is the keystone to successful healthcare technology

The Concept of Layperson, knowledge, and Simplicity

In order for the technology to be utilized by someone without specialized knowledge in that particular subject related to that technology, it will need to be transformed, translated, and customized prior to its application. A complicated technology that requires specific skills will benefit the user but not necessarily the community it was intended to serve. Knowledge plays a central role in the simplification of any invention, as it is the foundation of all technological innovations and is for the empowering individuals.

The Strategy is the Plan of Simplification

Unconsciously, a human being will simplify the task prior to addressing them, through science to achieve a strategy or a plan of action designed to achieve an aim. In short, intrinsic interaction between technology, knowledge, strategy is multifaceted and complex but all share one common denominator through which they serve a common task; simplification.

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Triangle of the “Simplification Matrix”

Let’s imagine that technology, strategy, and knowledge each representing the side of an equilateral triangular matrix of simplification. In order to maintain an equal proportion, all three components must maintain their optimal function. If one component of this matrix falls short of its responsibility, other sides of the matrix must compensate to ensure the successful execution of the task the user is supposed to achieve. If overwhelmed, 3rd party intervention may be necessary, thus rendering the efforts and technology application inefficient and counterproductive.

Innovation and Technology for the Purpose of Simplification or cause of Complexity

Over the past decades, healthcare technology has made significant advances from biotechnology to health information to medical devices, but the majority of the most effective advances have been repeatedly balanced around the moderate to high skills, and those usable by laypeople have proven to be incomplete. Healthcare Technology has been intuitively progressing around the patient (layperson) needs and use cases, but that too has encountered significant backlash from the healthcare community due to its consequential shortfalls. The integration of physician unfriendly technologies in conjunction with increasing government mandates and corporate monopoly has resulted in physician burnout, clearly demonstrating skewing of the matrix sides, hence necessitating costly 3rd party intervention or physician burnout. The simplicity of medical practice has become complex even though technology has been constantly perfected thus indicating poor healthcare delivery strategy. In general, the perception of complexity in the face of optimal scientific and technological advancement is the sign of the petty dysfunctional system.

Human Life is complex but not Resistant to Simplification

The complexity of human life is the reflection of his attitude towards the healthcare rendered. If perceived as complex it is not necessarily because it is inherently complicated but because of the inadequacy of applied strategy towards utility components of the matrix.

Personalization is Simplification

For simplification, a problem will have to be manifestly defined and solution options to be patently identified. One ultimately needs to select the most effective yet simplest solution defined in layperson terms, whether through easy technology, modest strategy, and coordination. Proper application of an unbiased and coordinated approach would eventually require transparency, accountability, and corrective action plan that would serve as the prerequisite to minimize regulations, avoid bureaucracy and monopoly. The process of simplifying the healthcare delivery model requires tackling the complexity at its root by ensuring the thought tasks to be spoken for by the technology and not by the end-users. Solving the complexity is the key to reduce physician burnout, improve patient satisfaction and health, and create healthcare without borders.


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“Peace of mind would come to all people through the universal respect for the basic human rights of everyone”

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from confusion to clarity not insanity

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