Imagine conducting an MRI, on a single cell instead of the whole body – taking a picture of the molecule or just a group of molecules within the cell, identifying and examining the problem areas within DNA, and coming up with a more precise diagnosis and patient therapy. Patient-provider factors include provider bias against minority patients, greater clinical uncertainty when treating minority patients, stereotypes about minority health behaviors and compliance, and mistrust and refusal of care by minority patients themselves who have had previous negative experiences with the healthcare system.
As stated on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Blue Shirt Blog (CHNAs and Beyond: Hospitals and Community Health Improvement), “There is growing recognition that the social determinants of health – where we live, work, and play, the food we eat, the opportunities we have to work and exercise and live in safety – drive health outcomes.
Racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare needs to be taken care of. This can be done by understanding multilevel determinants of healthcare disparities, including individual belief and preferences, effective patient-provider communication and the organizational culture of the health care system.
That way, caregivers always have access to a particular patient’s information (including diagnoses, test results, treatments, etc.), even if they visit multiple providers, without patients and caregivers having to concern themselves with the transfer of paper records.
The goal is to create shared services that reflect actual business processes. The goal of SOA is to select and encapsulate certain pieces of functionality as services that can be made available across the organization. An aging population and increased incidence of obesity are primary causes for the increase in joint replacements.