In this week’s platter, we are reminded that digitizing processes doesn’t necessarily improve them; we look at why the migration to value-based payment model is pushing physicians away from private practice; and we consider whether medical virtual reality can make healthcare more pleasant. Enjoy!!!
A lot of money has been spent on information technology in health care with little to show for it. When it comes to change, the technology is the easiest part. Most health systems in America have or are implementing the electronic health record (EHR), and the vendor processes for implementation have become very good. But simply making a poor process electronic by implementing an EHR doesn’t lead to better quality or cost – oops. This thinking is not new. Many industries from aviation to automotive to nuclear power have been applying this concept of “process before technology” for a long time. The safety and quality results in those industries are second to none. It’s about time health care catches up. Our lives may depend on it…
When Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced in January they would form an independent healthcare company for their U.S. employees, the news had some declaring it would be a gamechanger in healthcare. But nearly three months after the groups announced their venture, a majority of healthcare experts and large employers have their doubts. Some professionals have asserted that the aforementioned companies “have no idea what they’re getting into.” Well, time will tell….
More physicians, especially young doctors, are turning to hospitals for employment rather than running their own practice, spurred by the rise of value-based payments and population health. A potential downside to this trend: rising costs…
Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Virtual reality teaches empathy to med students, makes vaccination for children more sufferable, helps get rid of fears by treating phobias, relieves chronic pain or fulfills the last wishes of the dying. This article collected the best examples how the technology could make healthcare more pleasant.
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