Trendy Thoughts

philosophyImage Every other day I read an article about “trends in healthcare.” Newt Gingrich said recently that anyone claiming to know the direction of healthcare in the future should be thrown out on his or her ear. Well, I agree no one can predict the future with full accuracy, but here are some policy, research investment and practice change trends to embrace and promote!

  • Prevention as a primary focus in health care
  • Free health apps for patients and providers to share and monitor key metrics of health
  • Patients involved in care planning, self-management, records review and research
  • Providers and payers embracing fully integrated care
  • Community health workers involved in care transitions and coordination
  • Healthy behavior promotion
  • Better stewardship — of drugs, diagnostics and treatments
  • Patient-Family-provider Dialogue about end of life care
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