Health Systems Spending Billions to Prepare for the “Last Battle” – Forbes

An insightful article on how existing eHealth platforms tend to have a transactional approach (people in and out of the hospital) rather than chronic disease (ongoing relationship). Quote:

The healthcare providers who have demonstrated dramatically positive results with challenging patient populations recognize that there are two main care approaches. In a setting such as a hospital, many leading hospitals have adopted a manufacturing-based model borrowed from Toyota. However, with chronic disease, a service-based approach is necessary to effect behavioral change. In a manufacturing setting, with enough practice a machine will do what it is intended to do and doesn’t have a mind of its own. However, as anyone who has been in a service-based business knows, human interaction and a partnership-oriented approach leads to the best outcomes.

 In effect, this means that IT and related processes will need to be more iterative and adjust to the experience and outcomes of patients, rather than assuming standard outcomes. Conclusion:

… to support the array of new demands, systems will need to be nimble, affordable and person-centered. These aren’t the adjectives typically applied to traditional healthIT systems. Just as we have observed the military frequently spending money on capital built for the last war such as aircraft carriers and other slow moving military tools. Over time, the military learned that it was as much or more important to focus on the hearts and minds of those they were trying to work with and that remote intelligence tools have been highly effective at winning battles. When it comes to managing chronic disease, winning the “hearts and minds” of patients and remotely monitoring health are similar skills not factored into systems developed for the legacy reimbursement model.


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