A Quick Look at the Future of the Health Care Industry

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As technology progresses, so will health care. The internet will continue to assist patients with things like purchasing health insurance, and it will help doctors to do their jobs much better. There are ways that technology could possibly hurt health care as well. For example, there are thousands of websites out there that sell bad medication, and try to make it seem like the real thing. Unsuspecting patients will put themselves at major health risks by purchasing these types of items.

   In the coming years I think that hospitals will become more concerned with what the patient thinks about their services at their health care facility. Information collected by (CAHPS) consists of patient satisfaction surveys that provide an overall rating regarding experience. Surveys are conducted on patients and their families regarding the facility, the doctor, the drug plan and overall satisfaction with services provided. The primary goal is to have an emphasis on matters that are significant to the patient. The results are publicly shared, and for that reason in some cases the ratings may also affect payments or reimbursements for the provider.

 

   One of the methods to calculate a budget at a hospital or clinic that I think will continue to be used in the health care industry are Budget Impact Analyses, or BIA’s. A BIA is used to predict the monetary consequences for starting a new budget on local, national, and regional levels. This method is usually used in conjunction with cost-effectiveness analysis, in order to give and understandable assessment of new policies.

   Although the entire landscape of the health care industry has evolved much over the past ten years, it will continue to do the same thing in the next decade as well. As long as doctors are still doing their jobs as best as they can, and not letting things like technology make them lazy, then I feel that the industry as a whole will move in a positive direction, as it has been.

 

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/researchevaluate/measure-peoples-skills-experiences.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/nhismep.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015) Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/pheconomics/

Goraly, R. 13 Feb 2012. Virtual Appointment Scheduling. Retrieved from http://www.scheduleonce.com/resources/2012/02/virtual-appointment-scheduling/

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