Every hospital leader would prefer that his or her organization is still up and running five or 10 years from now. But what are the barriers to sustainable health care?
I recently spent a few minutes with Greg Sorensen, M.D., president and CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America, discussing some of the roadblocks that might prevent hospitals from carrying on into the future. Sometimes, leaders fall into the trap of focusing on costs while ignoring the quality side. Running patients through a series of diagnostic tests may bolster a hospital's bottom line in the fee-for-service world, but it doesn't always improve the quality of care.
"That's not sustainable," Sorensen says. "What needs to be set up is a system that pays better for making the right diagnosis early and then getting the right care more efficiently, and today the incentives just aren't there, and that's a big barrier."
In this exclusive H&HN video interview, Sorensen advises hospital leaders to not just focus on the short term, and to seek out partners in this transition.