Can Healthcare be “streamed” like electricity or software? Could the idea of Software as a Service (SaaS) have room in Healthcare?
In its traditional sense, healthcare isn’t something than can streamed like software. Traditionally, there wasn’t a healthcare service which you could just “pull down” from the proverbial Cloud.
Today’s technologies, however, do enable one kind of Healthcare as a Service (HaaS): healthcare information.
We’re not thinking about Healthcare this way yet.
But as patients, providers and payors press themselves against the realities of the economics of healthcare, they will also seek out workable (and fundable) solutions.
Reimbursements for services are a key issue facing providers, especially those who do want to connect with their patients via new media securely.
That’s a tough nut to crack though. And yet: economic and political demands can be the greatest ways to create change.
Having the idea of HaaS accepted – the idea that some aspects of Healthcare are “streamable” – can help underscore the economic viability of serving patients in ways that fit the 21st Century.
Healthcare as a Service.
Isn’t that what it’s always been about?
Why not create the technological infrastructures that meet the needs of the informational economy of Healthcare? Why not conceive of innovative ventures as Healthcare as a Service?
Sometimes language couches conversations – HaaS may help us better align Healthcare and Technology to meet human needs.