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small numbers of participants, often only
one or two hundred patients per study.
Outcomes-based healthcare, including some
early initiatives now underway, seeks instead
to review tens of millions of archived patient
records in order to gain insight into which
treatments have worked best across larger
patient populations, especially for producing
lasting health benefits.
• Outcomes-based healthcare must be
highly personal. What constitutes a
good outcome for a broken hand will
vary, depending on whether the patient
is an office worker or a concert pianist.
• Outcomes-based care also targets
chronic conditions that represent up to
75 percent of healthcare costs.
• One relatively new diagnostic weapon
is individual genome analysis (i.e.,
DNA sequencing). This can be highly
effective in pinpointing the best available treatments for individuals.
What’s the problem?
U.S. healthcare costs are among the highest
in the world, soaring past $3 trillion in 2014
( 17 percent of gross domestic product, GDP)
and headed toward $4.8 trillion, nearly 20
percent of GDP, in 2021, according to the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Costs in other developed countries are in the
9 to 11 percent range, less alarming yet also
Despite improved cost-control measures,
health insurance premiums are being driven
inexorably upward by large-scale factors
that are often beyond the control of third-
party payers—national health services,
insurance companies, HMOs, and other
managed care firms. These developments
include the aging of populations, the
proliferation of expensive new medical
equipment, increased consumer demand for
services (healthcare consumerism), and
Outcomes-based healthcare has strong
potential to improve quality while moder-
ating the rise of healthcare costs.
Historically, guidance for appropriate
treatment has relied heavily on medical
studies augmented by clinical practice. But
medical studies typically involve relatively
Replacing procedures-based medicine with outcomes-based medicine.