Health care is constantly in flux, with changes brought on by policy adjustments, innovations in technology, and shifting attentions. A renewed focus on population and community health is leading to a more collaborative and patient-centered industry.
Value-Based, Preventative Care
More health care providers are transitioning to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System program and focusing on value-based care. Improving the patient experience can strengthen customer loyalty, build reputation, and improve population health.
Collaboration Between Health Care Providers and Health Plans
Health plans must share data with health providers. Health plans can provide complete datasets for each insured patient, and health care providers will share their expertise in clinical care. The curriculum of the online Executive Master’s of Health Administration degree specifically focuses on information management to prepare future leaders for this environment.
New treatment technologies are changing how clinicians care for patients. In fact, 21% of physicians’ time is spent on non-clinical paperwork. Physicians being overloaded with non-clinical work can take time away from patients and contribute to burnout. Technologies like artificial intelligence, however, could lead to automation and reduce time physicians spend on non-clinical work.
Additionally, gene therapy technology could help find cures for the over 7,000 rare genetic diseases that affect patients, of which only about 400 currently have approved therapies. As of 2019, 250 gene therapy programs are in clinical trials.
Virtual health check-ins can help caregivers stay connected to more patients. 66% of physicians say this technology improves patient access to care, and 74% of large employer-sponsored health plans offer telehealth features.
Increased Emphasis on Population Health
Health systems are beginning to partner with public and community agencies to address housing insecurity, food insecurity, social isolation, opiate addition and other social determinants of health. To learn more about the social determinants of health and the future of health care, view the below infographic by USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy online.