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Generate Collective Motivation

Submitted by Om G | 11 Dec, 2015

Even if the incentives are culturally appropriate, the consistent pressure is to perform within a constraints laden system. Those constraints are multiform and almost exclusively externally imposed. It is my feeling that this pressure to perform in conditions one cannot control is a huge contributor to long term stress and it can hamper the care provided.

The solution I'm proposing is a means for health care providers to gather collective energy that can generate changes at the policy level and at least one or two layers above the point of care. So, a communications platform that is available to share best practices and success stories is great first step. But this must be accompanied by the targeted focus of the community on specific policies and governance. Very much like online political organizing, we mobilize the 'grassroots' (care providers) as well as the political layer (policy and governance) to bring pressure where it is needed.

There are best practices and efficacy can be displayed with good accuracy. Even more 'objective' tools like IBM's Watson Health can be leveraged to provide guidance to those who actually shape the constraints health care workers work within.

I think the biggest incentive is feeling like you are able to make a difference. Knowing we cannot make a difference in our own situation 100% of the time, makes it all the more important to contribute to positive change elsewhere.

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