Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health at VA joined me on The Business of Government Hour this week to discuss VA’s healthcare mission, strategic priorities, challenges faced, innovations pursued, and efforts to promote a positive culture of service. Here is a snapshot of our discussion.
Public leaders face the challenge of finding ways to bridge silos in their organizations. In this report, Dr. Mergel examines one tool that can help them do this—Wikis. Many of us are familiar with Wikipedia, which relies on thousands of active contributors who share their knowledge freely on a dazzling breadth of topics, with an accuracy rate rivaling that of traditional encyclopedias.
For over a decade, the Federal Government has increasingly moved its activities online. This movement has been facilitated by the acceptance of electronic processes to identify people online. A recent Presidential action to sign a law through automated means illustrates just how far we've come, even as there is still more work to do.
In reality, the ideal, centrally-managed hub solution doesn’t appear overnight. Instead, the real world picture is that most businesses already have several disparate components comprising their supply chain strategy, along with large sets of data that move through these Information Technology (IT) systems on a daily basis. As a result, in order to move towards the goal of a centrally-managed hub-based approach, the solution is often implemented in phases.
Ever wonder how a heavy loaded wheel would be able to function without the connecting spokes to the hub? You probably wouldn’t get too far. Think of the spokes as a variety of global supply chains that fall under one organization (the hub).