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'Hospital of the Future' Report Urges Major Changes
Date:11/20/2008

utions to enhancing the treatment of disease," says Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and CEO, New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York Presbyterian Healthcare System and roundtable chair. "Looking forward, this white paper describes issues ranging from technology to personnel, patient relationships, and fiscal and architectural design among many other ways hospitals can enhance health care for all patients."

The report recommends action in five core areas:

Economic Viability

While some hospitals today enjoy healthy profit margins, many hospitals continue to be unprofitable. There is a growing gap between the have and have-not hospitals. An aging population and a continuing decline in employer-sponsored insurance means that hospitals can expect increases in publicly insured patients and uncompensated care. This is expected to create more competition for the fewer patients to whom costs may be shifted. For hospitals to be economically viable in the future, the following principles must be pursued by hospitals, health care stakeholders and policymakers:

  • Align performance and payment systems to meet quality and efficiency-related goals
  • Use process improvement tools to increase efficiency and reduce costs
  • Pursue coverage options to ensure patient access to, and affordability of, health care services
  • Address how general acute hospitals and specialty hospitals can both fulfill the social mission for health care delivery.

Technology Adoption

Information technology plays a major role in improving health care quality and safety, and can help to support the migration of hospital-based care into the community and even the home. The technological transformation of health care also invites the redefinition of the hospital, according to the report. To address technology i
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