Six aspects to make US Healthcare Sustainable...A thought
I look at "disruption & innovation" or what I say a "transformational force"- unique conglomeration of simplified technology, innovative business model and a valued network that will practically balance the cost structure within the existing ecosystem for achieving the challenged sustainability. A broader refocused approach delving on the following 6 aspects might help today's US healthcare to reshape for a better future and meet the targeted standards set by its peers around the world-
1. Transformation to orchestrated business models having a neat, higher degree of integration of value-adding processes and facilitated networks namely evidence based practice, closed loop medication, retail health, PCMH, ACO & etc.
2. Moving away from the status quo to open market innovation (e.g. mobility, digital hospital etc.) with integrated public health utilities (e.g. automated public health surveillance, focused primary care to facilitate preventive care in place of reactive care & etc.) and aiming for a larger focus to achieve the WHO's "Health for All".
3. Enabling true consumer empowerment with technology supporting them to get "only" what they need, e.g. Interfaced intelligent devices synced up with portals for self-diagnosis, decisions & social interactions- A trending shift from consumerism to prosumerism. Thus, enabling convenience, ensuring responsiveness and a better healthcare experience.
4. Redefining the existing care cost structure with a pulse of accountability and ownership- A paradigm shift from so called global to bundled to condition based reimbursement models.
5. Going GREEN, consolidation & virtualization of Healthcare IT infrastructure to reduce operational cost & adoption of cloud to respond the impending healthcare information explosion.
6. Adoption of pervasive computing to enable remote automated patient diagnosis, treatment & monitoring e.g. telecare, telesurgery, remote sensors that will ensure continuous capture and analysis of patients' physiological data.
Difficult though, but healthcare organizations need to disrupt themselves with a focused investment of energies, talent, and resources and start playing a more proactive role in orchestrating these emergence compared to the reactive posture they have taken in the past. The very fluidity of the current healthcare market will further make these aspects more promising and attainable. Just my 2 cents before I think to conclude- If we act from today and if we act together to remove the cobwebs of rhetoric (political and commercial) - the goal to make the current healthcare system fiscally sustainable is absolutely within reach.