As healthcare providers, it is always important to understand what is going in the healthcare industry for it will affect you, your job, your business and your family. Here is our compilation of top 5 Healthcare news in the web this week.
1. A lot has changed in healthcare since 1960
Definitely, healthcare has undergone huge changes since 1960. Four of the biggest healthcare shifts from 1960 to 2014 are:
Healthcare has become a big business.
In 1965, there were zero healthcare companies on the Fortune 100 list. In 2013? There were 15.
People become much more mindful of being healthy.
Today, people are much more conscious of the importance of exercise and a balanced diet, and smoking rates have dropped among adults.
Healthcare itself has become much, much better.
Better prevention, detection, interventions, and management have all contributed to massive improvements in treatment and outcomes today.
We’ve come far on gender equality—although we still have a lot to go.
U.S. health care system of the 1960s is openly paternalistic but much of that changed as the broad push for equal rights trickled down to medicine. More women have become doctors or advanced nurse practitioners.
2. More convenient healthcare eyed across whole UK
Patients in UK will now have new out-of-hours access to surgeries after about 1,150 general practitioners in England decided to open at evenings and weekends. This is an attempt to offer the public more convenient healthcare. The service will be catering 5.5 million patients.
Aside from this, more medical advice will be given over the phone, email and Skype instead of physical checkups.
There are already demands for the changes to be introduced across the whole of the UK. But the reforms are underfunded, at the moment, so may falter from the outset.
3. Healthcare tools for making wise choices now accessible
Change Healthcare, a provider of healthcare services, works with self-insured firms to help employees and members find cost-saving opportunities and make wise decisions concerning their healthcare.
Through Change Healthcare’s site, employers and users can compare costs of health care and access educational tools that help them understand health care basics.
“Our job is to educate people that there is variability in cost and the fact they can do something about it and then give them the decision support tools to act on that,” according to CEO Doug Ghertner.
4. Healthcare due for technology ‘shake up’
With the fast-evolving technologies and price competition among providers, healthcare is set to be transformed by innovations from other sectors of the economy such as retail and telecommunications, a new study by PwC’s Health Research Institute showed.
PwC suggested that “market disruptors” — new industries, new technologies — will soon make a big mark on the $2.8 trillion healthcare sector.
According to Vaughn Kauffman, principal of PwC Health Industries, “as the health sector’s center of gravity shifts toward customers, savvy new players are moving fast to capitalize on the change.”
“Soon, healthcare will have its own Amazon.com-style, iconic, new economy brands,” he added.
5. Patient-centered care will move toward telemedicine, expert predicts
In the future, telemedicine may be just as ordinary and common as video chatting a relative or a friend who’s far away. “Father of Telemedicine” Jay Sanders, M.D., believes this will be the case as care becomes more patient-centered.
Sanders said that not only will telemedicine change the way patients and doctors connect, it will also revolutionize the way clinicians interact with patients, in general. Sanders said, for example, taking a patient’s blood pressure in a doctor’s office. Soon it could be done at the patient’s home or at work.
With regard to the “patchwork” of state regulations and licensing rules preventing telemedicine growth, Sanders said that telemedicine has “shined a light” on the need to reform old-fashioned laws and regulations that prevent doctors from practicing in multiple states.