There is a mounting crisis in delivering affordable healthcare in the US. For decades, key decision makers in the public and private sectors have considered cost-effectiveness in healthcare a top priority. Their actions have focused on putting a limit on fees, services, or care options. However, they have met with limited success as costs have increased rapidly while the quality isn't commensurate with the high costs. A new approach is needed. Here we provide eight scientifically-based steps for improving the healthcare system. The core of the approach is promoting the best use of resources by matching the people and organization to the tasks they are good at, and providing the right incentive structure. Harnessing costs need not mean sacrificing quality. Quality service and low costs can be achieved by making sure the right people and the right organizations deliver services. As an example, the frequent use of emergency rooms for non-emergency care demonstrates the waste of resources of highly capable individuals and facilities resulting in high costs and ineffective care. Neither free markets nor managed care guarantees the best use of resources. A different oversight system is needed to promote the right incentives. Unlike managed care, effective oversight must not interfere with the performance of care. Otherwise, cost control only makes care more cumbersome. The eight steps we propose are designed to dramatically improve the effectiveness of the healthcare system, both for those who receive services and those who provide them.
A Complex Systems Science Approach to Healthcare Costs and Quality Yaneer Bar-Yam with Shlomiya Bar-Yam, Karla Z. Bertrand, Nancy Cohen, Alexander S. Gard-Murray, Helen P. Harte, Luci Leykum
The Maldives may be swallowed up by rising sea levels in the future, but the architects at Deep Ocean Technology will build an underwater hotel to house its inhabitants.
Called ‘The Water Discus’, this futuristic hotel has two circular discs which will house its 22 rooms, along with a restaurant, spas and lounges. The structure above ground will be connected to the structure below via a staircase and an elevator, where a bar and a diving center will also be located.
Information technology (IT) investments play a critical role in managing hotels strategically. Efficient and timely deployment of new IT applications may offer opportunities for enhanced guest services to meet increasing customer expectations, improved cost control, more effective marketing strategies, and expanded opportunities for hotels. It is evident that IT investments will increase hotels’ productivity, reduce their costs, and at the same time add value to the services and products offered to their customers. Therefore, investments into IT applications in hotels have increased over the past decades.
This article explains why IT has benefits for the hotel organization -upscale and luxury for the hotel organizations -tangible aspect of quality -increase in the quality of service delivered to guest IT investments assist hotels in initiating new products and services, improved operational efficiency, cost reduction, supporting areas of planning and business strategies and enhancement of brand image.
Castle Resorts & Hotels Adds Paki Maui to Resort Portfolio PR Newswire (press release) Honolulu, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Castle Resorts & Hotels (www.castleresorts.com), a full-service, international hotel management company based in...
Horsman Tapped To Direct Lansdowne Resort Leesburg Today Horsman also has held executive management roles at other Destination Hotels and Resorts properties at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont and the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston.
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