As noted author May Sarton said, “…nothing stays the same for long.” So it is with the healthcare industry. The American health system environment is changing, meaning that hospitals and health plans also must evolve.
Part of this process may well include a development known as convergence. This movement could help consumers as well as healthcare providers and companies.
Experts from the respected Massachusetts Institute of Technology explained convergence in the healthcare industry as a coming together of theories and models from various disciplines including chemistry, physics, mathematics, life sciences, computer technology, and engineering to advance the delivery of medical care.
In fact, organized and efficient health care convergence could be a lifesaver for many people.
This country’s health care costs have steadily gone up, putting quality care out of the reach of a growing population of middle-class people as well as the working poor.
As the economic boundaries grow more severe and a void yawns between the tiny group of elite rich and everyone else, health care has grown more unattainable with every year.
Visionaries know that the medical system must evolve, and convergence is an innovation that could meet the needs of professionals as well as consumers.
Potential Benefits of This Trend
Medical unification has many important advantages over the current system. Bringing together technical specialties from a number of industries could make it possible for medical specialists to efficiently deliver better health care.
Those living with restricted budgets, no insurance, or in rural areas could have access to high-quality medical care, perhaps for the first time in their lives.
While experts debate the price tag of convergence, providing medical care to a large population in need of it is invaluable.
Caring for people is, ultimately, the goal of the medical field, and a fusion of specialties could create an atmosphere of cost-effective medical proficiency that has not been seen before in modern times.
As with any industry, economic success balances supply and demand.
The truth is that the public has much to say about the health field changes taking place and that may occur in the future. Health care consumers are driving healthcare trends, with convergence being a way to meet and finance consumer demands.
The Future of Health Care?
The medical industry, without growth and vision, cannot support the demands being placed upon it. Forward-thinking healthcare professionals are discussing, debating, and even promoting the benefits of an organized, united industry.
They recognize the system must evolve in order to effectively provide care to a large population. Skilled and experienced physicians from multiple disciplines, such as Dr. Rohit Varma, are exploring the possibilities and potential long-term benefits of convergence in the health industry.
Certainly, such radical alterations will not be easy, and industry experts also are pointing out the difficulties in putting such a vastly different operating structure in place.
However, evolution is needed, and many medical professionals think a powerful move dictating the direction of growth would lead to better future success than would a haphazard, muddled process without foresight.
A Healthy Revolution
This country is at a cultural crossroads in many areas, and efficient health care delivery is certainly one of them.
The current structure of the medical system will not indefinitely support the increasing demand for care.
More and more people find they cannot afford healthcare or simply do not have health insurance. Populations in more rural areas may not have easy access to quality healthcare.
Convergence, which would bring together a number of specialties to raise the quality and effectiveness of medical care, could be an answer to consumer demands and, indeed, the future of medicine.
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