A result of reform, research and technology, the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, with the common goal to improve population health. While individual choices, corporate behavior and environment influence one’s health, healthcare entities have a significant role in the management of their communities’ health. Investing in health and wellness can save money in the long run. Education and outreach enable individuals to understand the impact of personal choices. Early diagnosis and treatment, as well as chronic disease management, are less costly than treatment of advanced disease. These initiatives are augmenting the trend toward care provided in an acute care environment – in outpatient facilities today and, perhaps, with virtual visits in the future.
As our healthcare system continues to evolve into an ambulatory-oriented and patient-centric model of care, it is becoming more common to see the development of multi-disciplinary practice sites. These care centers can create a competitive edge for healthcare organizations and can improve provider satisfaction while, most importantly, benefiting patients. Such practice sites support a team-based approach among healthcare workers of varying disciplines working side-by-side to provide specific services to patients based on their needs and a provider’s area of expertise. Continue Reading →