When surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H., approached the podium to deliver his keynote Oct. 28 at the National Conference & Exhibition, he followed plenary speeches on several complicated pediatric issues. The complexity of those topics served to underscore his message.

The explosion of knowledge and technologies has added complexity to clinicians’ lives, which can result in medical errors, duplication of services and lack of communication, said Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H. He has popularized checklists to coordinate work in hospitals and reduce errors.

Medicine has become increasingly complex, he said, requiring simple approaches to use knowledge in a coordinated, systematic fashion.

“As I was sitting and getting to listen to this morning’s meetings, I could imagine how it must feel for you,” he told the audience, lamenting how they must “incorporate everything from what’s new about genetic conditions of cardiac illness to how to manage the child cancer survivor...

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