It is common to hear about the need to improve value in the healthcare system but what exactly does this mean? Value, in this context, refers to the combination of cost and quality. In order to improve value in healthcare, we must decrease cost and improve quality.
Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, most new initiatives may improve quality but do so at an increased cost. On the other hand, many strategies which decrease cost, also decrease quality.
Our goal is to develop strategies that can improve quality of care and decrease cost. Some of these methods can be provided directly to patients, while others are directed towards the healthcare providers.
For patients, an online second opinion and concierge care can be an invaluable way to ensure the highest level of care while minimizing the cost by eliminating travel to another location. For more information, click here for Concierge Care.
For providers, making decisions regarding patient care while working at optimal performance will optimize not only the quality of patient care but also the satisfaction and enjoyment of medical practice. These initiative don’t cost the healthcare system money and would result in improved quality. For more information, click here for Healthcare Provider Wellness and Optimal Performance.
Another important consideration is patient access to high quality care. In the past, this may have required travel to a major center. With current technology, high quality healthcare can be brought to the patient regardless of geographic location without the added expense and inconvenience of travel. Even if travel to another center is eventually necessary, wouldn’t it be nice to know in advance that the cost and effort is needed? Online access to care can provide just such access!