The mathematics of change

There are three people in the ER. One of them is a physician, one of them is an executive, and one of them is a consultant. They see a machine unplugged and standing against a wall in the waiting room.

And the executive says, ‘Look, the technology in this hospital is not used.’ And the executive says, ‘No. There are machines in the hospital of which at least one is not used.’

And the consultant stood there in silence guessing neither of them really cared what he thought about the machine.

At least one.

A mathematical term meaning one or more. It is commonly used in situations where existence can be established but it is not known how to determine the total number of solutions.

How many things can be changed regarding the business of healthcare that would have a positive impact on your business model? At least one.

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