A New Paradigm for Technology

This paper briefly explores a new paradigm for technology acquisition and lifecycle management that aligns with improving patient care, reducing health delivery costs, and improving population health.

As health care organizations pursue the Triple Aim vision, they need to explore every facet of their care delivery systems. Reliance on technology, the vehicle for reform, requires organizations to take a fresh look at how they view technology assets.

An old strategy in a new environment Historically, most health care organizations viewed technology like an emerging nuisance–with reluctant providers preferring pen and paper. Technology equipment was not regarded with the same esteem as equipment used to deliver direct patient care, nor could a direct line be drawn to the bottom line. Therefore, in many health care organizations, an efficient and costeffective strategy was never developed to acquire and manage the lifecycle of technology, resulting in costly maintenance and repairs over time.