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Steve Jobs and healthcare complexity

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Lynn McVey, head of operations for the New Jersey Innovation Institute, writes in a Hospital Impact piece headlined “What healthcare IT can learn from Steve Jobs’s early challenges”:

“Unfortunately, Steve got to experience our healthcare institutions and their challenges first hand. He saw just how fragmented the system is, despite the best efforts, skill and dedication of care providers. It is reported he was appalled. When you see the current wave of products coming out of Apple, you see increasing focus on individual health. Apple is giving us the ability to track ourselves, see our own values, connect/share that information with others, get personalized help to become better involved and better informed. The magic of Steve Jobs was to take huge amounts of complexity, drill it down to its basics and hide the complexity from the end user. Care providers don’t say that for any of the dominant health IT products out there.”

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