Steve Wardell has pulled it off. Hundreds of people crowded into the ballroom at the Seaport Hotel in Boston for Transforming Healthcare 2009: Impact and Opportunity in the Obama Plan.
Steve kicked off the formal program by asking for a show of hands on some key questions:
- Who works for an organization that is focused on reducing health care costs?
- Who works for an organization that is focused on improving health care quality?
- Who works for an organization that’s doing both?
Steve was surprised when the majority of audience members raised their hands for all three questions.
I wasn’t so surprised about that, actually. People are probably being honest about their answers, and yet somehow costs have continued rising and quality is still so-so.
There are plenty of possible explanations:
- An enthusiastic crowd wanting to respond positively
- Everyone’s only recently gotten religion so we haven’t seen the impact yet
- Everyone is working in their own silo, and improvements in cost and quality in niches are not translating into systematic improvements