Synapse News - September
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We've started planning our 2017 conference and I spent time with some great thinkers this month. One believes in owning your whole supply chain; the other says we should own none of it. That certainly seems to be the way of disruptive technologies:
  • The world's biggest taxi company owns no taxis (Uber)
  • Largest accommodation provider owns no real estate (AirBnB)
  • Telecoms companies own no infrastructure (Skype, WeChat) 
  • Popular media owners create no content (Facebook)
  • Movie supplier owns no cinemas (Netflix)
My example: I attended a full day glaucoma seminar with no speaker, despite being surrounded by the most experienced practitioners in the country. Yes, it was excellent, because we had access to some of the best glaucoma people in the world via the internet, streaming on 2 channels. My brain was fried (but happy) by the end of the day!
Unintentionally, disruptive technology seems to have been the theme for September. From our Facebook page:
Henry Ford said that if he had asked people what they wanted before he had invented the motorcar, they would have said faster horses.
The Hospital Association of SA pleads for private medical schools. I'm deeply suspicious about why they have been resisted, even more so in the wake of the renewed and destructive #FeesMustFall campaign.
Regulation and out-of-the-box thinking make uncomfortable bedfellows. Regulators want us to give patients what they want, but one of my inspiring young colleagues (a bit like Henry Ford) says we should not give patients what they want, but what they SHOULD want. Are we solving the wrong problems?
Clear your diaries for the first weekend in September next year and find out. 


Talking about regulators: Former IEC chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, is likely to be appointed the first chair of the Information Regulator created in terms of the POPI Act. There will be one year to comply once the Act takes full effect. To see what this means in practice, see…/uploads/2015/09/Issue-5-POPI.pdf
A colour problem
This year is the 50th year that the NFL has been televised in colour in the USA, and the players are wearing especially colourful outfits as part of the 'Color Rush' campaign. Recently the Jets and Bills came out in red and green, to the chagrin of some of the their colour deficient fans who took to twitterdom to voice their opinion.
About 8% of men are red/green colour deficient.
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