Strategy for Health Care Delivery
What You Can Expect
Professor Porter and his colleagues at Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC) have developed a body of in-depth case studies about leading organizations that are implementing the value-based approach. The cases explore the strategic and organizational challenges of moving to high value, integrated care delivery approaches in a variety of medical conditions, and in restructuring overall care delivery organizations.
The central goal of any health care organization is to improve value for patients, defined as the health outcomes achieved per dollar spent. Value for patients is the only goal that can unite the interests of all system participants, and improving value is the only real solution to the health care challenge.
There is growing recognition that value improvement will require strategic and organizational changes in the way health care is delivered, measured, and reimbursed, not just incremental improvement.
The value framework was first introduced in the book Redefining Health Care and has been developed in numerous articles and case studies. It provides a template for restructuring health care delivery around value, starting with providers but encompassing new strategies for health plans, employers, suppliers, and government.