Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Emergence of "Health" as the Business of Health Care

A few months ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a perspective article titled, "What Business Are We In? The Emergence of Health as the Business of Health Care."

The authors end their editorial with this paragraph:
In the future, successful doctors, hospitals, and health systems will shift their activities from delivering health services within their walls toward a broader range of approaches that deliver health. Although we're seeing the earliest steps in this shift toward accountability for health, we currently lack both good tools for moving forward in any substantial way and more established pathways for redirecting financing toward those outcomes. What do we need to move from a product-oriented industry to a customer-oriented one?
Asch DA, Volpp KG. What business are we in? The emergence of health as the business of health care. N Engl J Med. 2012 Sep 6;367(10):888-9.  

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