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Practical Solutions for Healthcare Management and Policy (Collection) by Carolyn Pexton Dr. Brett E. Trusko Praveen Gupta, Dr. H. James Harrington, Douglas A. Perednia M.D., Jim Champy, Harry Greenspun M.D.

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Chapter 1Trends in the Healthcare Industry

Sections

The Quality Crisis in HealthcareDemographics: Financial, Political, Social, and TechnologicalThe Cost of Healthcare and Six SigmaHealthcare Quality and Error ReductionConclusion

Healthcare is preparing to go into hyper-change. Just as the computer and the Internet have enabled "telework," home shopping, and a permanent change in the recording industry’s distribution strategy, so will healthcare be affected in the next 10 years.

Events that are unfolding and are leading the change in healthcare are threefold:

• Evolution in the healthcare IT industry

• Introduction of HSA/CDHC and consumerism in healthcare

• Recognition of medical errors as a serious issue in healthcare

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