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May 17, 2006


Colin Jervis, Kinetic Consulting

OK Dale,

We are violently disagreeing to agree.

What I meant (and probably expressed poorly) was that I believe medical knowledge is too expansive for humans.

Clinicians are intelligent, but no-one can hold that much information and knowledge in their heads, let's face it.

Alerts are OK but are still subject to human failings. I used to cycle 7 miles to work in London. In the winter I was lit up like a Christmas tree with flashing lights velcroed to my arms and the usual array of lights.

Drivers still missed me and I had a few close shaves. Alerts only take us so far.

Clinicians will eventually deal with the human aspects of care, acting as the patient's advocate or adviser and leaving IT systems to make the clinical judgements.

Not yet maybe, but it is coming.



I totally disagree that we disagree, I think we are just talking about different stages on the path.

Alerts do only take us so far. I don't know the situation in the UK, it is different from and certainly could be better than ours in the US, but we haven't generally got as far as having the alerts at all. that's why it's a market opportunity worthy of VC investment.

I love your cycling analogy. I would say our situation in the US is this: we are bicycling the same busy highway without the Christmas tree lights. Moreover, and worse still, the cars are trying to hit us; they are driven by tort lawyers who make a handsome living off our mistakes.

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