July 10, 2018
What will the delivery of healthcare look like in 2020? That was one of the questions Transwestern and IMEG Corp. asked several healthcare executives as part of its report, The Convergence of Healthcare Delivery in the U.S. After reviewing the report, Connect Media summarized the most insightful comments below.
Ryan Walsh, M.D., chief medical information officer for University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston: We’ll see an increased use of e-health and telehealth. We’ll potentially see more home health and concierge care. I don’t think retail care can completely supplant standard care by 2020 – primarily because of the lack of good chronic disease management and specialty care.
Richard Zane, M.D., chief innovation officer of UCHealth, and Jean Haynes, chief population officer of UCHealth: As technology continues to advance, we will continue to see more growth of digital health. The uses of “non-healthcare” devices, like wearable sports monitors and voice-activated devices such as Fitbit and Echo, will allow us to move care into outpatient settings.
Spencer Seals, director of construction facilities planning for Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX: As pressures from regulations continue to squeeze the healthcare dollar, organizations will be forced to seek other revenue streams, change business models, and even change care models. There is a shift to community wellness, and healthcare employers are a making a dent in attitudes, but communities have to start owning community health more than they do today. I think spa-type medical experiences will increase, while general medical needs will be handled in an ambulatory setting.
Ashley Thompson, senior vice president of public policy analysis and development for the American Hospital Association: Hospitals will continue to move care outside their four walls, to better address an array of primary, ambulatory, and community-based care, and address social determinants to improve overall health. Inpatient acute care services will focus more on tertiary/quaternary, ICU and emergency care, and disaster response. Medical decision-making will be enhanced by precision and personalized medicine, and augmented by digital technologies, including telehealth. A constant in the future will be a strong commitment to meeting the needs of the communities providers serve.
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