28 de gen. 2016

don't give up to read original articles

The goal of this blog is to share information tendencies about health, innovation, evaluation, data and how to manage organizations.

With only a small synthesis of the information, trying to give you an impartial perspective, I share the link that will take you directly to the original article.

Are not used reading a scientific or technical paper? Don’t worry!

Here there is an interesting article written in Science that give you some ideas how to read and understand a paper: How to read a scientific paper

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1963 LIFE.


8 de gen. 2016

open data in health care organizations

Open data definition: Data that is easily accessible, machine-readable, accessible for free or at negligible cost, and with minimal limitations on its use, transformation, and distribution.
See the video: #opendatafilm 12m

Why Open Data in health care organization?

In a well-functioning, democratic society citizens need to know what their health organizations are doing. To do that, they must be able freely to access data and information and to share that information with other citizens.
  • Transparency isn't just about looking for what the managers or the personnel are earning (an old fashioned idea). It is also about people empowering themselves to be better able to make decisions about their lifes: choosing the hospital with better treatment outcomes after analyse and compare different data procedures.
  • Transparency isn’t just about access, it is also about sharing and reuse — often, to understand material it needs to be analyzed and visualized and this requires that the material be open so that it can be freely used and reused. Open data helps organizations to create data more efficient.
Citizens are not able to engage with their health organizations.
By opening up data, citizens are enabled to be much more directly informed. This is more than transparency: it’s about making a full “read/write” society, not just about knowing what is happening in the process of governing or managing a health care organization but being able to contribute to it. Patients, their families and citizens in general push the organization to be more responsive.

[Want to know how a Catalan Health Care organization are tackling open data?: SAGESSA Open Data]

Other useful information: 
Health Open Data Catalan Health Service
The Open Data Era in Health and Social Care NHS England (2014)

photo: galaxy IDCS 1426 (NASA)

4 de gen. 2016

Great teams: exploring, engaging and breaking down the silos

Building great teams the article written in 2012 by Sandy Pentland, one of the 7 most powerful data scientist in the world, explores using data the patterns from great teams.

Successful teams share several defining characteristics:
  1. Everyone on the team talks and listens in roughly equal measure, keeping contributions short and sweet.
  2. Members face one another, and their conversations and gestures are energetic.
  3. Members connect directly with one another—not just with the team leader.
  4. Individual reasoning and talent contribute far less to team success than one might expect.
  5. The best way to build a great team is not to select individuals for their smarts or accomplishments but to learn how they communicate and to shape and guide the team.
  6. The most valuable form of communication is face-to-face.
  7. The best-performing and most creative teams sought fresh perspectives constantly, from all other groups in (and some outside) the organization.
  8. Successful teams, especially successful creative teams, oscillate between exploration for discovery and engagement for integration of the ideas gathered from outside sources.
Nowadays some of these ideas should be used inside organizations and inside "political parties". Why do we not try to breakdowm the silos?