How can America's healthcare system be transformed to provide consistently higher-quality and lower-cost care? Nothing else in healthcare matters more.
Prescription for the Future identifies some standout medical organizations that have achieved higher-quality, more patient-focused, and lower-cost care, and from their examples distills twelve transformational practices that could transform the entire healthcare sector.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel looks at individual physician practices and organizations who are already successfully driving change, and the specific practices they have instituted. They are not the titans everyone seems to know and assume to be the "best"; instead, Emanuel has chosen a select group -- from small physician offices to large multi-specialty group practices, accountable care organizations, and even for-profit companies--that are genuinely transforming care.
Prescription for the Future shines a bright diagnostic light on the state of American healthcare and provides invaluable insights for healthcare workers, investors, and patients. The book gives all of us the tools to recognize the places that will deliver high-quality, effective care when we need it.
About the Author
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is a breast oncologist and author of several books, including Healthcare Guaranteed and Reinventing American Healthcare (both PublicAffairs).
"Dr. Emanuel's Prescription for the Future is a sweeping, systemic, and optimistic practicum for the transformation of healthcare. It is a well-researched compendium of best practices from dozens of innovative providers. Prescription is a must-read, whether you care about whole system transformation-or finding your own best doc!"—John Doer, Chairman, Kleiner Perkins
"Prescription for the Future is a detailed guidebook to achieve value-based care. Dr. Emanuel dives below the surface of politics and policy, focusing on concrete and effective changes clinics and hospitals can make to improve the quality and lower the cost of care."—Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2005-09
"Prescription for the Future is the playbook we have been waiting for. This is a must-read for anyone in healthcare. Dr. Emanuel's practical approach and compelling examples of what we need to do in healthcare is the path forward. It is our moral imperative to follow."—David Feinberg, MD, CEO, Geisinger Health System
"Ezekiel J. Emanuel, perhaps the nation's most incisive healthcare expert, teaches us the path to better healthcare by leveraging the experiences of the best. He delivers key strategies that are primed for rapid adoption. It should be required reading for all seeking to elevate performance and achieve better patient experience and outcomes."
—Harlan Krumholz, MD, Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation