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Am J Med. 2015 Apr;128(4):337-43. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.047. Epub 2014 Nov 22.

Health care 2020: reengineering health care delivery to combat chronic disease.

Author information

1
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School-University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. Electronic address: rmilani@ochsner.org.
2
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School-University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, La; Department of Preventive Medicine, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge.

Abstract

Chronic disease has become the great epidemic of our times, responsible for 75% of total health care costs and the majority of deaths in the US. Our current delivery model is poorly constructed to manage chronic disease, as evidenced by low adherence to quality indicators and poor control of treatable conditions. New technologies have emerged that can engage patients and offer additional modalities in the treatment of chronic disease. Modifying our delivery model to include team-based care in concert with patient-centered technologies offers great promise in managing the chronic disease epidemic.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic disease; Health care delivery; Information technology; Social networking

PMID:
25460529
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.047
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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