Imagine a health care system that anticipated individuals’ needs, worked to keep them healthy, and delivered as much care as possible to them in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care embraces this vision of a more “distributed” health care system extending outside of traditional institutional settings – and that would be more convenient, accessible, and arguably less costly than what the United States has now.
This vision is increasingly achievable, with the help of a revamped health care work force equipped with powerful technologies, starting with telehealth and remote monitoring, and ultimately embracing a range of new intelligent devices and systems.
Health Care Without Walls recommends specific changes in how health systems are paid and regulated, in the way technologies are developed, and how the work force can be enhanced and modernized to achieve this radical vision of a more distributed U.S. heath care system.
"We finally have a roadmap to fix the U.S. health care system. Health Care Without Walls is a must read for everyone in health care and for anybody who believes there has to be a better way to care for individuals and communities.”
—David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health System
"Health Care Without Walls describes an exciting future state to which the U.S. health care system clearly needs to evolve. Many of these innovations are already beginning to occur, but they are patchy, uncoordinated, and often related to the specific circumstances of a health care delivery system or payment model. They need to become the norm.”
—Robert M. Wachter, MD, author of The Digital Doctor; Chair, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine
American health care is in the midst of dramatic change. Health Care Without Walls provides valuable insight into the trends that are reshaping care and provides welcome inspiration for a field that’s ripe for change.”
—Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO, Carillion Clinic; Chair, American Hospital Association
"As our nation increasingly shifts its focus away from volume and toward holding providers accountable for high-value, cost-effective outcomes, Health Care Without Walls proposes a compelling set of ideas for consideration. Thinking beyond today’s delivery system constraints in favor of entirely new models of care is exactly the type of thinking we need.”
—Susan DeVore, President and CEO, Premier
"Health Care Without Walls re-imagines the value-chain for care delivery—one that compresses space and time, using technology at scale, on behalf of those who can benefit the most.”
—Ernest Ludy, CEO, 10X Health; founder and former CEO, Medstat Systems Inc.