“Traditional medical training may actually impede a physician’s ability to solve complex problems because it is based on vertical, linear and traditional thinking.”
Most physicians are clearly vertical thinkers. A vertical thinker is conditioned to look at the problem in a selective, analytical, and sequential manner. The longer a physician practices medicine, the more “vertical” his or her thinking methodology becomes… IMHO.
Innovation in the health care space clearly requires lateral thinking capabilities. As quoted from Wikipedia. Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono.
Does it make sense that the tradition of elevating senior medical staff to leadership positions (based on seniority) within a health care system would/could lead to disruptive innovation, improved care, outreach, cost-effective treatments, etc???? I don’t think so…
Quite a dilemma…. we need to disrupt the typical hospital political hierarchy to create an environment for disruptive innovation across the system… hmmm, where to begin?
Disclaimer: this information is for your education and should not be considered medical advice regarding diagnosis or treatment recommendations. Some links on this page may be affiliate links. Read the full disclaimer.