National Academies Press: OpenBook

The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary (2010)

Chapter: Other Publications in the Learning Healthcare System Series

« Previous: Appendix D: Speaker Biographies
Suggested Citation:"Other Publications in the Learning Healthcare System Series." Institute of Medicine. 2010. The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12750.
×

OTHER PUBLICATIONS IN THE LEARNING HEALTHCARE SYSTEM SERIES

The Learning Healthcare System


Evidence-Based Medicine and the Changing Nature of Healthcare Leadership Commitments to Improve Value in Healthcare:


Finding Common Ground


Value in Health Care: Accounting for Cost, Quality, Safety, Outcomes, and Innovation


Redesigning the Clinical Effectiveness Research Paradigm: Innovation and Practice-Based Approaches


Clinical Data as the Basic Staple of Health Learning: Creating and Protecting a Public Good


Learning What Works: Infrastructure Required for Comparative Effectiveness Research (forthcoming)


Engineering a Learning Healthcare System: A Look at the Future (forthcoming)

Suggested Citation:"Other Publications in the Learning Healthcare System Series." Institute of Medicine. 2010. The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12750.
×
Page 828
The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary Get This Book
×
Buy Paperback | $125.00 Buy Ebook | $99.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

The United States has the highest per capita spending on health care of any industrialized nation but continually lags behind other nations in health care outcomes including life expectancy and infant mortality. National health expenditures are projected to exceed $2.5 trillion in 2009. Given healthcare's direct impact on the economy, there is a critical need to control health care spending.

According to The Health Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes, the costs of health care have strained the federal budget, and negatively affected state governments, the private sector and individuals. Healthcare expenditures have restricted the ability of state and local governments to fund other priorities and have contributed to slowing growth in wages and jobs in the private sector. Moreover, the number of uninsured has risen from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008.

The Health Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes identifies a number of factors driving expenditure growth including scientific uncertainty, perverse economic and practice incentives, system fragmentation, lack of patient involvement, and under-investment in population health. Experts discussed key levers for catalyzing transformation of the delivery system. A few included streamlined health insurance regulation, administrative simplification and clarification and quality and consistency in treatment.

The book is an excellent guide for policymakers at all levels of government, as well as private sector healthcare workers.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook, NAP.edu's online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  9. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!