United States of Health Care
PHE 5005 Introduction to Health Services and Research
The future of healthcare is at our fingertips. Healthcare is one of those industries that will never stop evolving as long s there are innovative leaders out there with ideas to improve healthcare delivery and quality of care. Recent healthcare news has been brewing around the topic of affordable healthcare. Even before we can make healthcare affordable, changes also need to occur within these healthcare organizations. Successful partnerships between healthcare policy and research are the starting point to be successful later. It is the foundation of healthcare services in the industry that surround the establishment of a successful partnership. In addition, it is important that physicians and healthcare personnel receive the necessary training in order to efficiently perform the duties of the job. This goes back to hospital delivery and quality of care. Evidence based research also plays a role in the foundation to improving the future of healthcare and its delivery. Evidence-based research is targeting ways at improving health care through research to improve policies that will work in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Davis et al., (2012) mentioned a piece by Fendrick, Weiss, and Martin, (2012) “describes the efforts to enhance dissemination (by 2008 as many as 30 percent of employers used some form of VBID), culminating with incorporation of this concept into national policy” (pg. 331). Throughout this paper I will touch on topics like impact of partnerships, communication, evidence-based research, patient satisfaction, health reform, and the shift from hospital-based care to community care, and where the future of healthcare is headed in my opinion.
Impact of Successful Partnerships
Bridging the gap between policy and research has become an issue of “Whether partnering with community members to conduct participatory research, or with policy makers to ensure that timely and relevant questions are being addressed, scholars are encouraged to consider how the results of their research will lead to short-term change and long-term progress” (Davis et al., 2012, pg. 329). The foundation for many health care services in the industry surrounds the establishment of a successful partnership. Partnerships exist for many reasons. It could be they are formed to gain knowledge and expertise in a new field of operation or service, or to share resources. Other partnerships are formed to conduct participatory research to contribute to short-term change or long-term progress, such as policy creation. Let us look at a few successful partnerships and collaborations that integrate policy and research together.
For starters, close partnership with community members. There was a team in New Haven that put together a partnership of providers, advocates, and researchers, to identify and overcome challenges to obtaining specialty care working in conjunction with Project Access (Davis et al., 2012, pg. 330). “The resulting collaborative was successful not only in obtaining funding, but also in modifying the internal policies of numerous stakeholders in a local health care system to facilitate access” (Davis et al., 2012, pg. 330). Similarly there was a partnership, that involved the University of California-Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Medical Services Agency, where the concerns surrounding to resuscitate or not to resuscitate resulting in the development of “specific clinical indicators, related to issues such as asking family members about or honoring written and verbal do-not-resuscitate requests” (Davis et al., 2012, pg. 331). Another partnership between patients and physician groups, mentioned by Pollock et al. (2012), is also based on community, where a “combination of Medicare data and cancer registry data are used to examine the distinct practice...
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