Recently, my son has been listening to an adaptation of the classic story—the tortoise and the hare, a parable that supports the notion that slow and steady wins the race.

What does this story have to do with shifting healthcare to a value-based care system? Expectations and hype (the hare) cannot be allowed to overcome practical, thoughtful adoption (the tortoise). No change, especially fundamental change, can be expected to occur overnight. It takes time for reform to seep in, be implemented and be refined. And, we’re finding out, that it takes time for information technology tools to mature and provide the exact kind of support that providers will need to succeed.

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