Insight Article

What Constitutes an Integrated Model of Healthcare Delivery?

First published in Population Health News

An integrated model of healthcare delivery is exemplified by healthcare teams (hospitals, physicians, labs, payors) working in lockstep to treat patients with the goal of achieving the best outcomes in an efficient manner, including reaching diagnoses faster and determining appropriate treatment. As wellness initiatives, such as population health and disease prevention initiatives, continue to be worked into the folds of our healthcare delivery, the data generated by clinical labs—which represent 80% of a patient’s electronic medical record and help drive at least 70% of medical decisions in hospitals—become more important to the success of an integrated model of healthcare delivery.

The expansion of test capabilities of clinical labs of the future no doubt will produce greater volumes of data and result in a proliferation of new, actionable opportunities to track and improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs—also bolstering the success of an integrated, healthcare delivery model. In addition, clinical labs could serve to connect inpatient and outpatient care and aid in physician outreach programs to help build bridges and strengthen the lines of communication between physicians and health an integrated model of healthcare delivery.