Against an environment of constrained finances and the extensive reforms underway, this is a significant challenge for the NHS, however improving productivity and quality is key with trusts needing to deliver more ambitious cost improvement plans and at the same time drive efficiencies through radical service reconfiguration.
Catholic Health Initiatives CEO Kevin Lofton explains the system's strategy for acquiring hospitals and health plans to build a critical mass in its markets and the resources and expertise to manage population health.
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine — with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
Different hospitals produce different results on different procedures. Only, patients don’t know that data, making choosing a surgeon a high-stakes guessing game. Stefan Larsson looks at what happens when doctors measure and share their outcomes on hip replacement surgery, for example, to see which techniques are proving the most effective. Could health care get better — and cheaper — if doctors learn from each other in a continuous feedback loop?