Picture of Picasso: using health care IT to learn to do what you can not do—yet.

Connecting for Health and NPfIT: Picasso on IT Innovation

“I am always doing what I can not do, in order to learn how to do it.”

How many toy cars does it take to make a baboon’s face? Answer: two.

Picasso spent his whole life pushing at the boundaries of artistic representation: with Georges Braque he invented Cubism and he transformed ideas of painting with the “Les Demoiselles D’Avingon”.

As with the two cars joined to make a baboon’s face, Picasso’s creativity was often synthetic and used ideas from other fields and other cultures, combining them in exciting and surprising ways.

“Creativity must be carefully seeded, nurtured and tended. It will not simply blossom after lunch at the whirl of a flipchart page and the whiff of a felt tipped pen.”

NPfIT and Modernisation offer the NHS the chance to create and find innovations that will transform patient care and the patient’s experience of care. In healthcare there is an almost limitless supply of material on which to exercise creativity. In addition, because NPfIT and Modernisation affect primary and secondary care and social services , they offer the opportunity to recreate the patient’s experience of entire care communities.

How can creativity and innovation be promoted? Healthcare often relies on group activities like brainstorming to generate ideas, but outputs from brainstorming are often disappointing. Creativity must be carefully seeded, nurtured and promoted. It will not simply blossom after lunch at the whirl of a flipchart page and the whiff of a felt tipped pen.

At Kinetic we are experienced in the use of IT for innovation and in the techniques that can best promote creativity and best support innovation. We can help you “learn to do what you can not do” —yet.

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