(Updated with comment from committee members at 2:10 p.m. ET.)
Recent advances in science and technology hold the keys to addressing an increasingly complicated healthcare system plagued by inefficiency, high costs and poor quality, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Thursday.
In the 382-page report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, an 18-member expert panel argues for a set of improvement strategies that panel members say will make information more accessible, engage patients and their families and make care more equitable. Those changes, which the committee referred to as a road map, include increased adoption of health information technology, increased connectivity, use of new payment models and a re-engineering of healthcare systems.
“Missed opportunities for better healthcare have real human and economic impacts,” the committee said in the report. “If the care in every state were of the quality delivered by the highest-performing state, an estimated 75,000 fewer deaths would have occurred across the country in 2005. Current waste diverts resources from productive use, resulting in an estimated $750 billion loss in 2009.”