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Future Trends in Healthcare

Forces are taking shape that will have a substantial impact on the future of healthcare. Information technology will be more broadly and strategically used. Patients will continue to demand more from their health care providers and will seek services through alternative care providers (e.g., WalMart and MinuteClinics) if they don’t get it. Addressing these future trends in healthcare requires more than reengineering existing processes. The industry needs a profound cultural health care transformation.

Mobilize Change

Providers—like you—must begin now to align resources and transform delivery models to succeed. Thanks to the 2010 healthcare reform law we are seeing a wave of comprehensive coordinated care (C3) delivery models that incent providers to lower costs and improve service by adopting innovations in healthcare. Here’s a few promising examples:

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Integrate doctors, clinics and hospitals into groups that pool their resources with the goal of trimming spending while boosting the quality of care. Through the application of innovations in healthcare, these new models are expected to deliver better care for less cost with savings shared among the providers.
  • Primary Care Medical Homes (PCMHs): Coordinate primary care for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes. The approach provides the potential for more cohesive care with fewer office visits and is another future trend example in healthcare.
  • “ICU without Walls:” Reevaluates traditional ways of providing intensive care by offering this level of care anywhere a bed is available. Another future trend in healthcare worth watching.