Winning in Last Place

We live in a world that demands excellence, that sings the praises of the 10,000-Hour Rule to master anything. And, sure, being excellent is fun. It’s fun to do things you’re great at. But it’s also fun to do things that you aren’t great at, and last year I decided that I was done feeling like I had to earn the right to participate in something I wanted to participate in. I was missing out. 

Using Innovation and Data to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

When Dr. Baruch Fertel took a job at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013 he knew he had a crisis on his hands. The nation was in the grip of an opioid epidemic and Ohio was ground zero. And Fertel quickly realized that hospitals were, in some respects, doing more harm than good, often prescribing someone who came in with an ankle sprain or other small injury 30 Percocets because it was the default in the electronic health record (EHR). “That’s a huge amount for something that maybe is a day or two,” said Fertel, the Director of Quality and Operations at the storied medical center.