Friday :: Jun 13, 2008

Open Thread


by Mary

When the dean of pundits talks, should anyone listen?

The Gartner Healthcare Summit 2007, held last November at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. “Catalyzing Collaboration Between Healthcare Providers and Insurers,” says the event website. Broder was to give a talk on “Technology in Healthcare.”

Why would Gartner ask David Broder to talk about Technology in Healthcare? After all, he surely doesn't bring domain expertise to the table. As far as I can see, the only thing he brings to the table is his megaphone as pundit courtesy of his being an oped columnist for the Washington Post. Has he ever done any serious journalism on this subject? I'm not aware of him having any particular expertise in this area. So what was Gartner buying? After all, if they had wanted a non-technical, non-medical expert, Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Edwards would have been more logical speakers.

Does anyone have a reason we should consider David Broder a serious voice in figuring out what our policies should be going forward? I sure don't.

Your turn now.

Mary :: 12:00 AM :: Comments (12) :: Digg It!