There's a long road ahead for health-care reform -- five bills to be merged and countless hours of debate still to come. A lot could change over the course of the next few months, and the content of the final reform bill is likely to vary from any of these individual bills. The question we need to keep asking ourselves is whether reform will drive the kind of wholesale transformation needed for the industry and consumers -- the kind we've seen in banking, travel and other service industries. Ten years ago, we wouldn't have imagined that people would do so many things themselves. Technology and business model innovation enabled new types of services -- putting consumers in charge, dramatically changing engagement and economics. Imagine the possibilities for new services in health.
Taking this into account, what's needed is a new 'health delivery' framework that drives value, rewards experimentation, puts consumers in charge, and enables innovation--essentially changing the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of everyone involved in health delivery. We all have to be prepared to work together in different ways.
We have an opportunity now to move the traditional healthcare business model in a new direction:
At the end of the day, the ultimate success of health-care reform will depend as much on how we will work together and change our behaviors as on the legislation ultimately passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. I applaud the administration for shining the light on health care as it has never been done before.
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