So on Weds night I met longtime THCB commenter (and old world pension fund manager) Barry Carrol. He told me that he also reads the Harvard Pilgrim blog. I didnât even know they had one.
Thursday morning, Tom Donald at Bazian emailed me a link to a post thereâ¦so I know now that Charlie Bakerâwho runs the artist once known as the Harvard Community Health Plan and now called Harvard Pilgrimâhas his own blog (and has had for most of 2007!). This makes him the second major Boston health care CEO to have one, even if he canât quite match Paul Levy for his frequency of delivery, or Paulâs colleague the man in black superstar CIO John Halamka (who also has a new blog) for ubbergeekiness.
While weâre on the topic left-coast patient safety and hopsitalist guru Bob Wachter has a great new blog also.
â¦and you thought those four all had real jobsâ¦.(ho, ho)
There is a point to all this, really. Itâs that dealing with process change in health care is deeply cultural and that you canât just do it with technology alone. That is what Charlie is pointing out to Bill Gates. Read the post, itâs very worthwhile but itâs also worth remembering that culture gets calcified by incentives.
And something that all four of these relatively new and high powered bloggers all intuitively know, and something that makes health care reform quite tough.