Digitalizing healthcare: Transition from volume to value

From a population health perspective, Professor Ramin Khorasani, MD, criticizes the heterogeneous manner in which evidence is considered and the extended time it takes to put new standards into practice.

“Failure of execution on what we already know is a major challenge in transforming healthcare delivery today.” - Ramin Khorasani

  • In medicine, what we know is anchored in guidelines and best practice, but putting new evidence into practice can take between 5 and 15 years, and even then it happens in a heterogeneous way.
  • Personalized, value-based care must be incorporated into clinical workflows with the help of intelligent IT solutions. Digital platforms that make clinical work more convenient, rather than more difficult through additional information overflow, are therefore important.
  • One instrument Khorasani suggests is the Harvard Medical School Library of Evidence, which is a publicly available decision-making tool for radiological diagnostics that can be integrated into existing IT systems. The repository compiles guidelines drawn from specialist associations, expert advice, and local best practice in a curated process and in an easy-to-use way.

Watch Ramin Khorasani's full talk at the Executive Summit 2017

Ramin Khorasani

Ramin Khorasani, MD, is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Distinguished Chair for Medical Informatics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.