Report Release: Best Care at Lower Cost

When: September 6, 2012 (10:00 AM Eastern)
Where: National Press Club (Holeman Lounge) • 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Topics Quality and Patient Safety, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Activity: The Learning Health Care System in America
Board: HMD Executive Office

Describing the path to continuously learning health care, Best Care at Lower Cost explores the innovative opportunities to use emerging technology and science to address one of the nation's most fundamental challenges: getting better value from our health care. Working against the backdrop of a compelling and rapidly growing urgency, the report identifies three major imperatives for a change in approach: the rising complexity of modern health care, unsustainable cost increases, and outcomes below the system’s potential. But the Committee also points out that emerging tools like computing power, connectivity, team-based care, and systems engineering techniques—tools that were previously unavailable—make the envisioned transition possible, and are already being put to successful use in pioneering health care organizations. Applying these new strategies can support the transition to a continuously learning health system, one that aligns science and informatics, patient-clinician partnerships, incentives, and a culture of continuous improvement to produce the best care at lower cost. The report’s recommendations speak to the many stakeholders in the health care system and outline the concerted actions necessary across all sectors to achieve the needed transformation.

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