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Then We Will Fight in the Shade

Ancient Greek ruins touched by the rising sun.The Healthcare IT conferences in Harrogate may be an ember of their glory days, but one determined to continue glowing. Maybe in sensing that, I enjoyed HC 2007 more than its recent predecessors.

Given the UK release of the movie 300 about the battle of Thermopylae, it is topical for me to refer to a tale of ancient Greece.

The crowd jeers an old man looking for a seat at the Olympic Games until he reaches the Spartan section, when every Spartan younger than him, and some older, stand and offer him their seat. The crowd applauds and the old man turns to it and says: "Ah, all Greeks know what is right, but only the Spartans do it."

I attended a couple of notable presentations and I’ll write something about them next. After 20 years in healthcare IT maybe I have become jaded, but many of the presentations reminded me of that tale: many know what to do, few do it.

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