January 20, 2018

The Future of Healthcare in America

According to the Institutes of Medicine, “bringing state-of-the-art care to all Americans in every community will require a fundamental, sweeping redesign of the entire health system… merely making incremental improvements in current systems of care will not suffice.”

Healthy People 2010 sought to increase life expectancy and quality of life by helping individuals gain the knowledge, motivation, and opportunities they need to make informed decisions about their health. It also defines the national health objectives that identify the most significant preventable threats to health, and establishes national goals to control and reduce these threats.  Sadly, these goals have yet to be achieved.  Fortunately, the Health Reform Coalition knows how to bring these goals into fruition without increasing the deficit or requiring new legislation from Capitol Hill.

The Surgeon General articulated a vision in which:

  • A robust health information system provides equitable access for everyone; especially those in underserved communities;
  • Information and support services are tailored for the specific health problems and educational needs of all segments of the population; and
  • Health professionals are trained in the science of communication, and supporting tools and technologies are readily available.

“The challenges of applying information technology should not be under-estimated”, writes Institute of Medicine in their much sited report[19] titled “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A new health system for the 21st Century”. They continue:

“Sizable capital investments and multiyear commitments to building systems will be needed. Widespread adoption of many information technology applications also will require behavioral adaptations on the part of large numbers of clinicians, organizations and patients. Thus, the committee calls for a nationwide commitment by all stakeholders to building an information infrastructure that supports health care delivery, consumer health, public accountability, and so on…”

BESolutions appreciates and understands the challenges that lay ahead, but also believes that this vision can be achieved NOW, through it’s partnership with the Health Reform Coalition!

PHIERS is a cost-effective, scalable and user-friendly “solution” that augments existing health literacy initiatives by improving the quality of patient-provider interactions and helping patients play a more active role in improving their health, while simultaneously reducing operating costs and improving patient satisfaction and medical outcomes.

 


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