With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the delivery of healthcare will transform in the near time horizon. These changes are driven by necessity. There are three key dynamics changing what healthcare will look like in the near future:
How the market responds to these dynamics is evolving though it will require a convergence of technology with a broader range of healthcare services.
Technology provides the infrastructure to support scaling of solutions. It will also be an enabler of delivering quality healthcare in a cost effective manner. Here are some examples of how technology is used today and we can anticipate expansion:
Broader range of services
Healthcare professionals outside of traditional services will deliver broader ranges of medical care. Due to the shortage of physicians and overutilization of a hospital’s emergency room for basic care, a triage system of care will be implemented. Nurses, pharmacists, and specialty trained clinical personnel will deliver basic medical care, preventive services, and chronic condition treatments/monitoring.
The front line of the triage process is a nurse that will direct the patient to the most cost effective point of care. Therefore, specialty trained clinical personnel (e.g. monitoring of blood pressure, treat minor clinical conditions) will deliver basic medical services whereas more serious clinical conditions are directed to the appropriate level of medical care. This approach guides patients to receive the appropriate level of care in the most expeditious and cost effective manner.
I would like to hear from the reader’s feedback if they are seeing a transformation in the delivery of healthcare and would they be supportive of this model.