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Better, less expensive health care: technological opportunities and the organizational challenge
Author(s): John A. Parrish; Lynn R. Osborn
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Paper Abstract

The technology exists to make health care better, safer, and less costly. The major barrier to successful integration and application of existing technology is organizational. The model presented here is that of procedural medicine, defines as nonpharmacological interactions between medical technology and patients. Our hypothesis is that an academia-based effort primarily focused on blending enabling technologies will not only provide the ideal environment for the clinical champion, industry and government, but will create a critical mass to more rapidly and systematically transfer technologies among disciplines. The impact on healthcare will be much greater, soon and broader than any individual effort. The clinical champion can be exposed to a wider field of technologies and applications, and specialties work together allowing a broader impact. Through this structure, representatives from industry can access a wider range of clinical specialties. Success will depend on creating centers of excellence to provide leadership and nurturing strategic alliances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2499, Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions, (27 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.225309
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John A. Parrish, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Lynn R. Osborn, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2499:
Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions
Warren S. Grundfest, Editor(s)

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