Regarding the Affordable Care Act (known as ‘Obamacare’), we may have to ‘stop getting mad’ and ‘start getting rich’ around the potential of technological advancements and capital infusions from supply-side economics of achieving affordable healthcare.
In other words, we may have to start getting away from ‘what it has been’ on the demand-side, and commence looking forward to ‘what it is going to be’ on the supply-side.
What Affordable Care has been is opportunity, programs, contracting, procurements, and forecasting, largely based on healthcare insurance demand status and consumer needs.
What Affordable Care is going to be is new large and small healthcare businesses, novel health services and labor, new sources of health-related raw materials, healthcare liquidity and capital reserves, and innovations in integrated financial intermediaries and health and risk insurance services.
The tie-that-binds these together is a climate of innovation in products and services alongside advances in affordable care technologies, like ‘Internet of Everything’ and ‘Software-Defined Anything’.
To overcome the social, technological, education, economic and political challenges of Affordable Care, government policy makers, regulatory agencies, healthcare industry standards organizations, health insurance industries, advanced technology-sectors, large and small businesses, and even citizens will need to come together with a cooperative spirit of achieving joint-value towards healthy market-based incentives, as well as, stakeholder motivations and needs.
Top-down platitudes and vague edicts of ‘let’s just get this done’ or ‘repeal and replace it’, will neither work, nor will they be sustainable for the future viability of affordable healthcare.
Rather, affordable care decision making requires a holistic outlook, flexibility and adaptability, consensus-building and transparency of good and useful information for healthcare suppliers and consumers, and most of all, a climate of affordable care technological innovation.
The missing technological exit-strategy of Affordable Care has now been addressed.
Official White House documents recently revealed that there was literally no exit-door information technology and strategy built inside Obamacare and Healthcare.gov to match millions of enrollers and healthcare insurers.
Newly procured information technology strategist and website contractor, Accenture, has remarkably built the Obamacare back-end exit gateway of Healthcare.gov by the healthcare law’s Mach 2014 enrollment deadline.
Oh my! Accenture has saved Affordable Care for yet another day, when its new enrollment period re-opens up again sometime in October 2014, marching towards the new fiscal year March 2015 deadline.
This could be the world’s largest information technological infrastructure project for chief information officers (handling back office health insurance technology services), chief data officers (taking care of health insurance information policy and use), chief technology officers (assessing affordable care operational technologies), chief digital officers (watching affordable care customer interactions and satisfactions), and chief enterprise officers (strategizing health insurance data analytics and integrations with affordable care demands).
Otherwise, without these coordinated projects among the technological chiefs advancing smoothly — both inside the public-sector affordable care policy management enterprise and across the private-sector health insurance industry — Affordable Care simply withers on the vine these next couple years, when the opportunity is most ripe to advance affordable care technologies.
What a huge opportunity cost not only in the next two years? But, most of all, an opportunity foregone in essential information technology infrastructure developmental learning outcomes and assessments for the next-generation of chief information technologists and those several technological chiefs forth-coming and emerging in the above several ways in the generation after that.
Technology advancements drive supply-side economics of Affordable Care.
When the Affordable Care opens up again in October, it may have a technological chance at taking off. Because Accenture has taken a ‘feasible-solution-byte’ into the data analytics case of Healthcare.gov, quite possibly solving the technological viability concerns of the government marketplace.
As these “things” add capabilities, like context awareness, increased processing power, and energy independence, and as more people and new types of information are connected, we will quickly enter the ‘Internet of Everything’ — a network of networks where billions of connections create unprecedented opportunities as well as new risks.” — Dave Evans, Cisco’s Chief Futurist; Chief Technology Officer, Cisco IBSG
Affordable Care is about developing better mobile data and click-through analytics, wireless tele-medicine, mobile-medicine, and secured health-related service provisions from ‘the cloud’ into the realms of ‘preventive-based care’ and ‘population-based care’ in the age of demography shift and heightened engagement with Affordable Care. This must include reasonable, transparent, and understandable ‘big-data’ analytics and new game-changing informational knowledge opportunities in the health insurance marketplace.
Cognitive reasoning and intelligence engines at Lucent Technologies, Google, IBM, Cisco, Gartner Technology, Intel, and McAfee, are emerging alongside Accenture’s analytics infrastructure to eventually shield Affordable Care from fraud breaches and government insurance marketplace cyber-security and medical information infrastructure safety. Healthcare information safety and security is so essential to Affordable Care, especially for healthcare consumers, healthcare providers, and large and small businesses, and especially so for the public-sector to protect itself against legal liability.
Rather than just reporting raw data, connected things will soon send higher-level information back to machines, computers, and people for further evaluation and decision making. This information from data to information in the ‘Internet of Everything’ is important, because it will allow us to make faster, more intelligent decisions, as well as control our environment more effectively.” — The Internet of Everything – How More Relevant and Valuable Connections Will Change the World
Cisco defines the ‘Internet of Everything’ as “bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.”
Data analytics and semantic analysis in healthcare business is here now and will assist the ongoing success of the potential of universal affordable care. This is a pivotal model for enhancing the ‘Internet of Everything’, as a viable opportunity for one-sixth of America’s economy encompassing Affordable Care.
More affordable care technologies make affordable care more affordable.
Affordable care technologies in the age of demography shift and heightened engagements are all about strategic data analytics, and the industrial internet, including the nexus of information technological forces — ‘the cloud’, ‘big data’, mobile-wireless, and social media.
By 2018, about a third of service-oriented private enterprise and public-sector services, like Affordable Care, will move a majority of their web-based service provisions and applications to ‘the cloud’, according to Gartner technologist and futurists.
In fact, Gartner analysts are envisioning ‘Software-Defined Anything’, including Affordable Care, promises “better and easier infrastructure programmability and interoperability” across Affordable Care data centers, “fueled by automation that is found in cloud computing, and mobile wireless and fast ‘big data’ infrastructure provisioning” of affordable care needs both ‘real-time’ and ‘on-time’.
The nexus of information technological forces is already inaugurating with Cisco’s ‘Internet of Everything’ and Gartner’s ‘Software-Defined Anything’ concurrent movements underway. These are extremely promising for the nation’s move towards providing Affordable Care.
More specifically, it is these ten technological mega-trends, according to Gartner, that are expected in 2014 to have a significant impact on Affordable Care: (1) Mobile device diversity and management, (2) Mobile apps and applications, (3) The Internet of Everything, (4) Hybrid cloud and information technology as service broker, (5) Cloud/client architecture, (6) The era of personal cloud, (7) Software-Defined Anything, (8) Web-scale information technology, (9) Smart machines, and (10) 3-D printing.
Additional healthcare enabling technologies in the next couple decades include: wireless video up to 60 gigahertz, speech recognition computing devices, wireless power and energy systems inside hospitals, virtual medical assistants, large-surface touch and cloud-based medical computers, solar power mobile devices, and 3-D video tele-medicine and muscle-computer interfacing.
Affordable Care, as an economic concern, is now global.
Repealed, replaced, or not, Affordable Care, as a socioeconomic and advanced technological concern of not only America, but also around the world, may be here to stay. This is especially so as internationally-oriented states and municipalities alongside large and small businesses become more stressed in the near future about how to manage increased burdens of entitlement in social security, Medicare, and now Affordable Care. These will be demanded by not only an aging demography of global healthcare consumers, but also an increasingly diverse commitment of various health-related services and needs across society.
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