Lately, we’re not always popular with our hospital clients. We increasingly seem to be the bearers of uncomfortable but important news.

The business model of the traditional hospital-centric healthcare delivery system is under attack. The rapid growth of value-based reimbursement revenue models is converging with three dimensions of “devolution” in the healthcare industry to threaten traditional treatment volume driven models and associated fee-for-service (FFS) revenue streams for many hospitals.

  1. Devolution of healthcare providers results in clinical patient care increasingly provided by non-physicians, even including home health aides and family caregivers.
  2. Devolution of healthcare setting means this care is increasingly provided across a spectrum of facilities outside the hospital.
  3. And devolution of healthcare technology brings clinical and information technology capabilities closer to the patient wherever they are.

But along with the challenges posed by the disruptive impact of these industry trends, there will be opportunity for you to properly assess the threat and design strategies to evolve.

Learn to Adapt and Counter Change with Innovation

Start early. For you to develop innovative healthcare delivery systems that both survive and thrive, devise a plan to:

  1. Expand your organizational models to refocus on population health and service rather than just treatment.
  2. Leverage opportunities for integrated care management across a continuum of settings and providers.
  3. Cultivate new models that integrate and coordinate primary care, wellness management, co-morbid chronic disease management, acute complex case management, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, and long term and home healthcare.
  4. Support these new organizational models with an operational infrastructure that uses advanced interoperable technologies and applications as they come on line. Multi-data type, multi-source, and very large volumes of health and clinical data from all settings will be increasingly sensor-based and available in real time to support health and clinical decision-making.

Take the First Steps Towards Integrated Healthcare

It is critical to examine these healthcare industry trends in detail and identify the major impacts, associated challenges, and opportunities presented to traditional hospital-centric delivery systems.

From there, develop approaches to identify innovative business and operational strategies to evolve the traditional hospital-based business model to the fully integrated care delivery system of the near future.

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