Newborn babies feature prominently in two among my most interesting web finds this week. The first article (in New Yorker), penned by the surgeon-writer extraordinaire, Atul Gawande, tackles an interesting enigma: why do some healthcare innovations catch-on fast, while others – no less useful – languish, and are adopted too slowly (or not at all). Filled with fascinating case studies, the article is a reminder that sometimes simple, ultra-low-tech solutions are the best, and even so, not really guaranteed to catch on, alas. If you want to find out more about the author, you can watch a fascinating (but long – about 41 min.) interview with him as a part of the Big Think series:
On the other end of the spectrum – high tech end – is a short article on Owlet (in Fast Company magazine), an invention of smart Brigham-Young U. students that exists on the intersection of the world of gadgets and healthcare, and hopefully can save some lives too… Although not quite as sophisticated as Scanadu Scout, the gold standard for the new, sensor-based health-tech, Owlet is a smart idea focused on a very specific market – it is now being marketed through a fund-raising campaign, and you can order yours from the Owlet website.
A friend recommended and emailed me a link to an article that explains the increasingly important role of nurse practitioners in filling the physician gap created by the Affordable Care Act, as it begins to roll out (via the NBC News website); in the same series of pieces titled Quest for Care, another article delves into the causes of nurse shortage in the context of higher ed; finally, a closely related article on the very complex issue of relative perceptions of competencies, scope of practice, and fair compensation in healthcare looks up close at the results of a survey.
Image credits: Baby image by shutterstock.com / Natalia Kirichenko; Owlet app iPhone screen by OwletCare.