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Complexity-Inspired Proposals to Improve Healthcare

Thursday, August 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Prucia Buscell
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Eight Steps to Better, Cheaper Healthcare


Yaneer Bar Yam and colleagues at the New England Complex Systems Institute have proposed eight steps they believe will improve the quality of healthcare and at the same time reduce healthcare costs. They say their proposals will make the best use of resources by matching people and organizations to the tasks they do best and providing the right incentive structure. The steps include separating simple from complex care, enabling "workgroup competition,” creating "superdoctor teams” and using electronic patient records anonymously for research to supplement clinical studies. Their recommendations on infection prevention include recognition that transmission of pathogens happens within hospitals and between care facilities. The authors envision disinfection protocols that would decontaminate people and the objects they carry as they cross the boundaries between healthcare domains. Read the report, "A Complex System Science Approach to Healthcare Costs and Quality.”

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