We can train you, but we can’t change your DNA!

Google is famous for having spent years hiring people focusing on GPAs, brand name schools and interview brain teasers. In a recent article at The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for now. And increasingly, it is not about credentials.

Succeeding in academia or having studied at a prestigious university isn’t always a sign of being able to do a job. However, intellectual humility, i.e., the ability to step back and embrace other people’s ideas it is a sign of open-mindedness that allows people to learn.

The great fallacy of the Information and Knowledge Society is that what matters is knowledge. It’s not true. The key assets are skills. Skills are what transform knowledge into something of value. To excel in tomorrow’s job market, those who think better and have the skills to use their knowledge to the best possible use, in different contexts and with different goals, enjoy a competitive advantage over those who don’t.

Coding, creating a business plan, prototyping… all of them can be taught. How to be optimistic, to have a “glass half-full mentality”, to stay motivated, feel passionate, be very patient and very persistent to face the challenges of entrepreneurship not. The latter is the kind of people we seek for Design Health Barcelona, people who want to create and drive their own future. Because, as Herb Kelleher, the successful entrepreneur co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines once said:


A documentary about tomorrow’s world

2014 is still a newborn and a lot of things can change over the year, but how much can change in a century or in a century and a half? This BBC documentary worth watching explores future technologies, ideas that we now consider as science fiction but will be turned into science fact.

What should the vision for tomorrow’s health care be?

Making accurate long-term predictions about health care is far from easy. After all, advances such as robotics-aided surgery and stem-cell research weren’t routinely available to doctors as recently as the early 1990s; moreover, they weren’t even using e-mail back then. Projecting how the medical landscape might look like, for example, in 2025, is equally difficult.

However, we can explore what key attributes future health care delivery systems should have. That is what Rob Lazerow, Practice Manager at Health Care Advisory Board did last October at a conference in Washington DC with providers, policy makers and community leaders. The following are the 7 words he selected to describe how tomorrow’s healthcare should look like. A great selection according to us. What do you think? Do you find missing any?

1. Scalable. The future delivery system will provide care through scalable, efficient models by managing three different patient populations. Achieving a flexible delivery model will become even more critical if coverage expansion efforts reveal new access gaps.

2. Team-based. As part of achieving scale, providers will increasingly deploy team-based care models—especially for primary care. The medical home and similar models ensure all providers practice to the full extent of their training and skills.

3. Patient-centered. While “patient-centered care” is a buzzword right now, providers need to reflect on what it actually means. At a minimum, providers will need to develop specific care plans that support patients’ holistic health needs. Progressive organizations will go further and reorganize around patient needs, instead of specialties or academic disciplines.

4. Comprehensive. Leading population health managers already recognize how much behavioral health, economic stability (especially housing), and emotional support contribute to overall health and wellbeing. In the future, providers will have a large role to play in addressing these psychosocial determinants of health.

5. Collaborative. Delivering comprehensive care will require an array of services, many of which extend beyond the traditional purview of health care providers. Partnership management must be a core competency to coordinate networks of partners with aligned objectives.

6. Interconnected. Effectively managing a network of hospitals, physicians, post-acute care providers, and community organizations will require a new level of interconnectivity. Many provider organizations have ended the quest for the perfect EMR system and instead are focusing on data exchange across their networks.

7. Inclusive. Finally, the future delivery system will be much more inclusive than today’s health care system. It begins with the partnerships that will make care more collaborative, but does not stop with formal providers or community organizations. In the future, patients, family members, and lay caregivers will be more directly involved in both care planning and delivery.


What is the future of business?

It is the question everyone is asking

What is the future of business?

Today’s leading companies are already becoming obsolete. Only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. Six of ten biggest corporate bankruptcies in history have occurred since 2008.

According to Brian Solis, a digital analyst studying technology and its impact on business, we are currently living a digital Darwinism, a time when technology and society are evolving faster than the ability of many organizations to adapt. It is this reason, along with a myriad of other problems that, in fact, killed companies such as Blockbuster and Kodak. Digital Darwinism has already cost the planet close to a half billion jobs and it is accelerating. The chilling effects of digital Darwinism and the rapidly evolving consumer landscape is told in the infographic below.

The tsunami of social, mobile, real-time, technology is disrupting everything and customers are evolving into something new. They’re more connected, empowered and demanding.

Surviving to digital Darwinism has become a matter of life and death for both big and small companies. To innovate at a pace that allows them to survive organizations need to develop innovative products and distribution channels and rely on people and experiences.


Credit: Brian Solis

Where does medical technology take us?

From the perspective of Daniel Kraft (@daniel_kraft), a leading physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator at Singularity University and Executive Director of this elite academic institution’s FutureMed program, this talk examines rapidly emerging, game changing and convergent technology trends and how they are and will be leveraged to change the face of healthcare and the practice of medicine in the next decade.

A deep dive into how emergent fields such as low cost personal genomics, the digitization of health records, crowd sourced data, molecular imaging, wearable devices & mobile health, synthetic biology, systems medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, 3D printing and regenerative medicine are transforming healthcare and their potential to enable clinicians, empower patients, and deliver better care and outcomes at lower cost.

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