Would combining a more flexible approach to delivering healthcare offer the productivity improvements for richer countries to address the never-ending funding problems? Combined with the technology benefits of telehealth, IOT and the potential to analyse complete data? Too often there is a divide between healthcare outcomes data and financial (costs) so it is hard to plan efficiently. Initiatives like BMJ Outcomes are promising Implementing outcome measurement in healthcare
The transformation seen in, say manufacturing and financial services, could be applied to healthcare. In fact it must as costs continue to balloon and customer demand increases.
One secret of Aravind’s productivity is its well-trained battalion of ophthalmic assistants. These are young village women who’ve undergone two years of training to take on the routine tasks associated with eye surgery. This allows Aravind’s doctors to focus on diagnosis and the surgical procedure itself. It’s also cost effective: instead of two doctors (the standard in the field), each surgery is performed by one doctor with two assistants standing by. Aravind’s innovative approach, the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, has earned it admirers around the world. “It’s one of the world’s great models of social entrepreneurship–and an example of using a just-in-time approach to delivering affordable, quality health services,” says Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and chief executive of the not-for-profit Acumen Fund