When one speaks on topics like healthcare reform and the future model of healthcare delivery in the United States, we will often hear about innovative technologies that are going to revolutionize the healthcare system and solve all of its inequities. Technologies that tell your elderly family members when to take their medication; or, tools that allow people to track their medical history via the Internet – these types of things are often presented as the future of the US healthcare system. The multitude of innovative solutions flooding into the industry on a daily basis promise to enhance the quality of healthcare services and decrease costs associated with these services for patients.
Technological innovation will be a critical component of any US healthcare model that is adopted in the future. Our medical services are too vital not to embrace advanced tools, resources and technologies that can absolutely make the system better. But aside from technology’s role