TABLE B-1Mechanical Versus Naturally Adaptive Systems

Type of SystemMechanicalNaturally Adaptable
SimpleThermostat and fanPatient giving history information to a physician
ComplexOffice building heating, ventilation and air conditioningU.S. health care

From: Appendix B, Redesigning Health Care with Insights from the Science of Complex Adaptive Systems

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Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2001.
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