Our friends at Hubspot have a unique outlook on the world of business, and often have interesting insights for the medical world. Matthew Kane lists 7 creative collaborations, which are an interesting starting point for thinking about what it means to collaborate effectively with colleagues.
For instance, Kane identifies these classic collaborators:
- Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat
- Paul McCartney and John Lennon
- F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald
- Harry, Albert, Samuel, and Jack Warner
- Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, John Lassete
- Steven Spielberg and John Williams
- Helmut Krone, Julian Koenig, and William Bernbach
We love these as a starting point. Obviously, these folks are “creatives” and in a different field. But they solved problems in new ways, different ways, bold ways, and creative ways by being collaborative. And the truth is that we see medical teams acting equally collaborative and equally creative -- every day. For instance, just last week a major study looked at the way the "soft innovation" of full-time care teams for a given condition had blockbuster results.
In healthcare, some of the most important innovations of our history have been created by teams:
- Banting and Best (discoverers of insulin)
- Watson and Crick (DNA)
- Flexner and Flexner (memory)
- The patient and the doctor
- Marie and Pierre Curie (Curie said, “My husband and I were so closely united by our affection and our common work that we passed nearly all of our time together.”)
- Blalock and Taussig (Blalock Taussig shunt for congental heart disease with the African American lab assistant who really did the work)
- Debakey and Tarvik (artificial heart)
Of course, everone in medicine knows the thrill of teaming up a diagnostic problem, sharing woes or joys, or learning together. But these days, these exciting and illuminating moments of healthcare collaboration have become fewer and farther between. iClickCare is one way to bring them back to your practice -- without time or hassle -- but you can do it pretty simply, by walking down the hall or looking across your desk.
We looked for stores of medical collaboration around the world and here's what we found: