In our latest health care case study, follow Sentara Healthcare in Virginia as it prepares for significant changes in how health care will be delivered and priced in the future. Pilots focusing on chronic disease management, bundled payments for procedures, and a patient-centered medical home are underway, yet Sentara is also acutely aware of the challenges these new delivery models pose to its successful, hospital-led health care system.
There is no dead end to research and improvements in the field of healthcare. The impact and significance of any such changes are more far-reaching than other fields because, after all, humans are most concerned about humans only and health is one such aspect of life where humans can go to any extent. As a healthcare provider, a hospital needs to look after various angles of a complete healthcare package.
For example, consider a couple who are planning for a child and they are having issues with their reproductive health. The package begins with providing various corrective measures for their issues preventing conception. If one method fails, the next one starts or a repetition follows and this has to continue until it becomes successful. Sometimes, the couple may lose hope and becomes in need of a counseling session. If the success is achieved through in-vitro fertilization, then a totally different approach to treatment and care has to be followed.
After conceiving, comes the gestation period which is a bid package in itself. Once the baby is delivered, the health of the mother and baby takes a deviation constituting two different streams. In the entire healthcare process, the work was planned, realized, monitored and assisted by multiple departments and hospital staff including record-keeping, insurance, pharmacy and house-keeping in addition to the core healthcare workers. How difficult is it to coordinate so many elements in a single sensitive process which requires utmost dedication and sophistication manually? Automation is the power of accurate hospital management and extended services and Sentara has taken a step towards it by designing modern healthcare models.
Now, how will the hospital deliver these services to the wanted sections of the population? Social penetration will help in the objective and this has to be achieved through volunteers, social activists, and extending the honest review of their services for harnessing public trust.
Innosight Institute joined the New Schools Venture Fund and Education Elements in releasing a K-12 education technology market map at The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education conference in San Francisco October 12, 2011. Created in collaboration with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the map is a graphical, interactive representation of the burgeoning K-12 education technology market designed to help investors, donors, and entrepreneurs better evaluate today’s landscape of education technology ventures. Check out the map here.
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