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From the synchronized flashing of fireflies to the flight of migratory birds in elegant formation and the creation of societies and organizations, self-organization and pattern formation in physical and biological systems have intrigued scientists for centuries.

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Becoming Truly Patient Centered: Using Data to Drive Prescriptive Action by Irv Rubin, Alan Villiers, and Brandy Caston
What is our pattern language for engagement? What patterns can we identify that work to support participants in productive conversations about what matters in organizations, to liberate energy, tap into collective wisdom, and unleash the power of self organization?In the beginning of fiscal year 2010, the Veterans Health Administration began implementation of the patient centered medical home model, now known as PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team). The overall goal of PACT is to transform our healthcare delivery system by providing a patient centric care model. At the heart of PACT is the relationship between healthcare providers and the Veteran.
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Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein, PhD, is a professor at the Adelphi University School of Business and an associate clinical professor at Adelphi's Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies. He is a pioneer in the application of complexity theory to organizations and leadership, and wrote The Unshackled Organization, a widely acclaimed book on the subject. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 10 books.

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Edgeware coverEdgeware: Insights from Complexity Science for Health Care Leaders by Brenda Zimmerman, Curt Lindberg, and Paul Plsek

This publication is the first book to address complexity science in health care. It represents a revolutionary new way for health care leaders to think about how they engage employees, work with physicians, manage unmanageably complex tasks and plan for an uncertain future. But it's not for health care workers only - this book is useful to anyone interested in how complexity science is changing not only business management, but also how many disciplines of science relate to one another.

Complexity science reframes our view of many systems that are only partially understood by traditional scientific methods. Systems as apparently diverse as stock markets, human bodies, ecosystems, immune systems, termite colonies and hospitals seem to share some patterns of behavior. These patterns provide insights into sustainability, viability, and innovation.

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