It’s that time of year again, when students and teachers head back to the classroom after eight to ten weeks off. For me, this late August period always invokes two distinct feelings: nostalgia (for those ‘good old days’) and motivation, spurred by the sense of new beginnings inherent to every fresh fall semester.
Healthcare and health IT aren’t so lucky as to have summers off, but there are still some major parallels between those industries and the U.S. school system. For starters, education in this country is subject to just as much scrutiny, just as much proposed reform and just as much criticism as healthcare is.
There’s no denying that they’re both flawed fields, but HIT could certainly learn a few valuable lessons from the education system in this ‘back to school’ moment.