Triggered by the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek few weeks ago, I wrote the blog titled Changing Healthcare One BITT(tm) at a Time about WHY the Biomedical Informatics Think Tank(tm) exists: to contribute to the building of a digital infrastructure that supports the Learning Health System as defined by the Institute of Medicine. The question here is HOW the BITT will attain this objective:
- BITT will produce content that reflects the expertise and creative ideas of its academic members, promoting their ability to contribute to a New Exchange Architecture (see Content Intentions);
- BITT will create innovative solutions that provide novel approaches to health information management which insures personal health information privacy and allows ease of health information access by authorized individuals;
- BITT will recruit the leading thinkers in academia as members to develop and test these innovative solutions, continuously driving the technology forward;
- BITT will partner with the academic institutions of its members to leverage their exceptional intellectual manpower, advanced facilities, and close ties to medical centers who might pilot the innovative solutions;
- BITT will partner with private institutions, both for-profit and not-for-profit, to find the most effective means of implementing these innovative solutions;
- BITT will obtain funding through a wide array of vehicles and from both public and private sources, providing consulting to organizations that benefit from BITT expertise and resources, obtaining government grants and contracts for developing various innovative projects and pilots, spinning-off non-profits to support the infrastructure required to provide the innovative solutions, and investing in businesses that develop applications which use this infrastructure; and
- BITT will reward independence of its workforce and partners who strive to establish attainable goals that transforms the health information management infrastructure.
If we implement BITT as proposed above, BITT will be successful because its members, academic and non-academic partners, employees, and sponsors will all benefit by advancing their careers or missions, and by unquestionably being part of a transformation of the modern health system.
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