STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #27: Honoring Humanity During Technological Change



“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” At the time when the 13th century Persian poet Rumi wrote those words, the world and human consciousness was rapidly changing.  When Rumi was 8, King John signed the Magna Carta.  When he was 21, Fibonacci printed the Liber abaci and our algorithmic age took breath.  When he was 34, Koreans began to use metal type.  Europeans began to use rockets.  When Rumi was 61, eye glasses were invented.  When he was 62, the astronomical compass.  Yet amongst his rapidly transforming world, Rumi already knew a key tenet of effective change management.  True lasting change always begins with the self.

Maybe there has never been a time in our history when change didn’t feel rapid and unstoppable.  It certainly is true for us today.  In healthcare alone, changes over the past decade have impacted providers, politicians and patients in equally bewitching and beleaguering ways, all of us wondering. What. Comes. Next.

Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  In today’s episode, we are going to discuss how technological, regulatory and operational changes over the past ten years has affected the healthcare industry with Dr. Ferdinand Velasco, HIMSS North America Board member and Chief Health Information Officer at the Davies award-winning Texas Health Resources.  We also hear from Dr. Velasco on how his Annual Conference experience has changed over the 15 years he’s attended the event.


This Episode’s Guests:

Ferdinand Velasco, MD
Cheif Health Information Officer
Texas Health Resources
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