The Joint Commission released a white paper urging the healthcare industry to consider specific actions within five core areas of hospital development.
In its paper, Health Care at the Crossroads: Guiding Principles for the Development of the Hospital of the Future, the commission maps out steps hospitals should take in the areas of economic vitality, technology adoption, patient-centered care, staffing and design to better meet the needs of patients. The importance of hospital-based care will not diminish in the future, but hospitals will have to meet the high expectations of the public and all stakeholders in an increasingly challenging environment, said Mark Chassin, a physician who is president of the commission, in a written statement. Aramark Healthcare supported the development of the white paper.
The recommendations were chosen through the work of an expert panel made up of hospital executives and clinical leaders, who analyzed what effect current social, economic and healthcare trends that will have on hospitals in the future. The steps recommended in the white paper include aligning performance and payment systems for quality and efficiency; incorporating information technology into business plans and strategies; adopting patient-centered care values as a priority; establishing skills and knowledge training programs for staff; and adding safety measures to hospital design and construction plans. -- by Jean DerGurahian