Archive for June 7th, 2007

Patient as Driver

June 7, 2007

Wayne A. Sensor is CEO of Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb. has written an article on the Most Wired website on “Taking the Wheel: Empowering Users to Make Informed Health Care Choices.”  He utilizes the concept of patient as driver to draw attention to what he calls the last frontier for consumers, healthcare. “We must surround consumers with the information they need to complete the value equation: price plus quality equals value.”  Adam Bosworth could not have said it better. Alegent has on their homepage two key tools which he would describe as patient empowerment tools

  • MyCost – to help consumers understand their deductable and other out-of-pocket costs
  • Quality Reports – detailed scorecard by disease

Every health system and hospital will be following leads like this to survive in this more transparent healthcare market where cost and quality will drive business.

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