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A little patience for the health IT revolution
Modern Healthcare

How long did it take American farmers to widely adopt hybrid corn? Honestly, I don’t know, but I do remember what I was told about that kind of adoption—30 years.I was age 22 at the time and had just started my agriculture extension training with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, where we learned the basics of rice paddy construction and swamp rice cultivation.

It wasn’t until later, when we were posted to our villages to serve our two-year hitches, that we learned just how hard it was going to be to convince wary farmers to abandon their familiar but ecologically destructive slash-and-burn cultivation techniques.

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