Healthcare in the United States is currently in the throes of radical change after years of organizational stasis and disheartening metrics. Our healthcare system was ranked 37th among 191 member states for health outcomes, responsiveness, and fairness of distribution by the World Health Organization in 2000, and 31st in a group of 51 for efficiency and life expectancy by Bloomberg in 2014. Recently, however, diverse forces started to converge, leading to forecasts of a “perfect storm” of healthcare reinvention.
These forces include 1) an emphasis on value and outcomes for quality of care and patient safety; 2) a shift from reactive disease management to health promotion; 3) a changing compensation model; 4) access to universal health insurance coverage; and 5) availability of state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and cutting-edge therapies.
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