Healthcare used to be a topic we’d rarely think about.
If you were lucky, perhaps it was once a year when your employer requested that you sign up for, or amend your benefits package. Or still lucky enough, those rare times you caught the flu or had to visit the ER because of the sprained ankle, courtesy of tag-football on Thanksgiving Day.
And it was only at those times, that you had to deal with the minutia of healthcare (e.g., where should I go vs. where can I go?, co-payments, HMO vs. PPO, payroll deductions, primary physicians vs. specialists, etc.).
Today, healthcare is all anyone can talk about. We have no choice but to think about future healthcare for ourselves, our children and our parents.
Whether you’re a supporter of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or not, our country is quickly learning just how important healthcare has become now, as the mandating and funding of healthcare was a contributing cause to the recent government shutdown.
Healthcare proponents and providers (i.e., physicians, hospital administrators, politicians, etc.) are closely viewing the healthcare system and there have been mandates for change. Questions are being raised and panels are being formed.
For example, cost comparisons and general health outcomes between the U.S. and other countries are being reviewed - questions are being asked about healthcare stakeholders, who are they, and how should we hold them accountable? As a result, there has been a paradigm shift in healthcare.
This shift drives the work of the IBM Healthcare Transformation Lab in Chicago.
Tomorrow: Goals generated by the paradigm shift in Healthcare.