T.S. Eliot and the Critical Path

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  • 03/23/2006

I’m blogging to you from the Arizona State University conference, “Transforming American Healthcare Over the Next Decade.” Organized by ASU, the C-Path Institute (led by CMPI board member Dr. Ray Woosley) and CMPI — this event brings together many of the leading thinkers on 21st century medicine.

Here are a few snippets:

The Second Hundred Years

“When you compare what’s available today versus 100 years ago you have to wonder whether we’re not spending enough on health care.” (Senator Jon Kyl, R, AZ)

T.S. Eliot and the Critical Path

“We must transcend mindless empiricism. Today medicine is still an empirical science. We still approach it as a one-size-fits-all situation. T.S. Eliot wrote that ‘Hell is the place where nothing connects.’ We must confront the unacceptable cost of an unconnected healthcare system.” (George Poste, MD, The Biodesign Institute, ASU)

Do not take this medication if you operate heavy machinery or are African-American

“The Critical Path will lead to advances such as gene or haplotype specific labeling as well as ethnopharmacology.” (George Poste, MD)

The Problem in a Snapshot

“Are today’s pharmaceuticals the Kodak film of the Digital Age?” (Ray Woosley, MD)

An Alliterative Illustration

“21st century medicine must be patient-centric, proactive, preventive, and predictive.” (Caroline Kovac, IBM)

And in case you don’t think regulators have a sense of humor

“Relative to polymorphic metabolism, slow metabolizers are cheap dates for their healthcare providers.” (Janet Woodcock, MD, FDA Deputy Commissioner and COO)


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