Impact of New Technologies on Health Care Delivery
Our present medical and technological revolution is the result of a rapid rate of technological change and a convergence of medical discoveries. This change is causing a shift from an acute care model of medicine to a preventive model and is posing ethical and technological challenges for delivery systems. Health system leaders are discussing strategies to establish a clearly defined strategic planning process for scientific and technological change; for deployment of technology; and identification for accountability for consumer education, ethical issues, and technology assessment.
Health system leaders to date have provided important input to AHA's Board of Trustee Strategic Policy Planning Committee (SPPC) on trends and policy issues impacting health care systems and the implications for hospitals and health systems. In early 2001, the SPPC concluded that determining a sustainable economic model with new technologies, including pharmaceuticals and the human genome, is a key factor impacting sustainability. As the SPPC develops its plan, broad system member input is welcome.