National Geographic is proud of its Explorer-in-Residence, calling James Cameron “an intrepid explorer, inventor and avid creator of cutting-edge technology.” He also makes Oscar-winning films sometimes. For the Avatar sequel being shown in theaters today, Mr. Cameron was so determined to make the underwater action realistic-looking, that he waited 13 years for the necessary next-level technology. The American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking CMS to have James-Cameron-like patience. In a letter to CMS, the AHA applauds the agency for its idea to create a national healthcare provider directory (“NDH”) that would help patients find information about doctors and improve the industry’s ability to exchange and report on health data. But the AHA is insisting that the necessary technology is “far from ready” and encourages CMS to “refrain from moving forward” with the NDH. Maybe the real lesson of the new Avatar movie is this: James Cameron called upon his Titanic star Kate Winslet, to play a leading role — for which she had to learn how to hold her breath for 7 minutes for the underwater filming. How long should we wait — holding our breath — for the health system technology we need?
December 16, 2022 | 3 min read
December 16, 2022
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