Healthcare costs in USA are expected to skyrocket to 20.3% of GDP by 2018.
Partnering with American Academy of Family Physicians, IBM announced the results of a study: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27607.wss that points Patient Centered Medical Home as the answer.
"The medical home -- an enhanced care model -- provides comprehensive
and timely care and payment reform, emphasizing the central role of
primary care. At the core of the medical home is preservation of the
patient’s personal, long-term relationship with a primary care
physician. Patients who have a personal physician will incur less
healthcare expenditures and lower mortality rates.
Another key component of the medical home is the team approach (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner,
patient educator, pharmacist and other care givers) to
As you can see in this table below, a lot is about Smarter Collaboration, between patient and care providers as well as between care providers...