Emerging Healthcare 2.0 Initiatives

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Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

[Publisher-in-Chief]

Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CMP™

[Managing-Editor]dave-and-hope4

Although not always prone to professional introspection, we nevertheless had the recent occasion to ponder the future of the emerging initiative [healthcare business model or philosophy] known as healthcare 2.0.

But, of course, before any discussion begins we must operatively define our terms.

Definitions

Ever since the term “web 2.0” was used in 2004, there has been an inordinate amount of chatter about what web 2.0 really is and its true impact. No one’s really defined it clearly, but we think the web evolution essentially falls into 3 generations:

Web 1.0 – information is communicated from a company [medical practice or hospital] to its customers [individuals or patients]. This is your basic B2C or [business-to consumer] website. The web becomes one big encyclopedia of information by aggregating all these information repositories.

Web 2.0 – information is communicated between company and individuals AND collaboratively between and among individuals. And so, if web 1.0 was a book, web 2.0 is a live discussion.

Healthcare 2.0 – Scott Shreeve MD of Cross Over Health defines healthcare 2.O as:

 “A New concept of healthcare wherein all the constituents (patients, physicians, providers, and payers) focus on healthcare value (outcomes/price) and use competition at the medical condition level over the full cycle of care as the catalyst for improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of health care.”

Questions to Consider:

And so, we offer these questions to consider about Healthcare 2.0:

  • How are Web 2.0 technologies like social networks, wikis, podcasts, blogs and micro-blogs, mash-ups and online communities like this Executive-Post changing the face of the healthcare industry?
  • How are hospital systems, ASCs, medical clinics and physician practices evolving as a result of rapid technological change? 
  • How can health plans evolve in the face of emerging challenges with the help of new technologies and new thinking?
  • What will come of the recent controversies over genetic testing, the human genome project and 23andMe for example, and the privacy of patient data?
  • How does transparent financial and reimbursement data impact the competitive scene?
  • How does transparent physician and hospital quality information affect the competitive scene?
  • Where does the hype over social networks and user-generated content end and the reality begin?
  • Does the initiative enhance or detract from traditional medical care delivery models?
  • Does the initiative enhance or detract from new-wave concierge or retail medical modes?
  • Is this positive or negative for patients, providers, payers and venues?

Healthcare 3.0

Soon it will not be information anymore; it will be intelligence – artificial or virtual intelligence. You’d interact with it almost like another person. The web won’t just blindly do what we tell it do to, it’ll think for you.

Web 3.0 presents some amazing opportunities in healthcare. For example, imagine being able to be diagnosed by your computer or have your toilet run a SMAC 10 or SMAC 20 on you? Imagine going to Costco®, scanning a barcode with your web-enabled phone, and being instantly notified that your purchase is HSA-eligible.

One day, you’ll type into some (probably Google-like Chrome) search engine or MSFT interface:

“I want to find a podiatric surgeon who’s done at least 100 ankle fusions, who operates on Saturdays near my house, who takes my insurance at XYZ surgery center, who has never been sued, and enjoys playing the flute.”

Voi-la! – Your results would be back with an offer to set up an appointment.

Assessment

Anyway, we digress and don’t have to worry about healthcare 3.0 just yet. Let’s get back to 2008 and see where healthcare is with 2.0.

The primary question really is: where on the web do you go to interact with others about healthcare-related topics? And,is the digital workforce leading, or lagging, in the adoption of social and AI computing for healthcare?

Conclusion

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One Response

  1. Patient Interpreters?

    Did you know that on January first, 2009, California became the first state in the nation to implement a mandatory interpreter law for commercial health plan members?

    Patients who have primary languages other than English can now ask their health plans to provide interpreters when they make appointments at doctors’ offices, clinics or hospitals.

    More than 80 health plans were required to gain approval of their language assistance programs, detailing which languages are spoken by their members, how language assistance services will be provided and what staff training is needed.

    So far, the department said, it has received only five calls from patients who wanted help getting interpreters, the Ventura County Star reported.

    Source: Health Plan Week [2/2/09]

    Is this what they mean by Health 2.0?
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