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Keeping values alive in the marketplace

Most social institutions, according to Samuel O. Thier, M.D., former chair of the Department of Medicine and now CEO of the Harvard-affiliated Partners HealthCare, have failed to keep pace with the transition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age. “Medicine,” he said, “is perhaps as complicated as any social system we have. Doing anything to change it is going to create major problems.“Nonetheless, if it continues to change in the fashion it is changing now, which is by chaos in the marketplace, without values driving that change, I fear for what might come out at the other end,” Thier said, as he delivered the Department of...

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Journalists who cover medicine must do so under severe time constraints and often under pressure...

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“On the threshold of a gigantic new technology”

“One can be sobered by the realization that virtually all the earlier technologies of our...

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With global health, “There is no them, only us”

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