The New Health Age by David Houle and Jonathan Fleece


NonfictionThe New Health Age by David Houle and Jonathan Fleece   The Future of Health Care in America

While technology has advanced and changed how we work in our world, the health care system in the United States is far behind. It is now time for the U.S. to catch up. David Houle is a futurist. Jonathan Fleece is a health care attorney. He helps his clients with the health reform laws. The two men wrote this book stating where health care in the U.S. has to go.

With health care costs constantly rising in the United States, something has to give. Houle and Fleece talk about the history of health care and medicine through the Industrial Age and the Information Age. As we now go into the Shift Age, health care needs to change to stay with the future. The New Health Age describes where this country is headed. It addresses the changes that are needed and what needs to happen.

The New Health Age is divided into three sections. The first section, History and Context describes health care globally and then specifically in the United States. These chapters not only go over the history of medical care, but also addresses what needs to change. Constant comparison is made to all other types of businesses in this country. If health care were left the way it has been for over a hundred years, the economics of it will ruin the U.S. Houle and Fleece state Obama’s Health Reform Plan addresses many of the problems and puts this country on the right health care path.

Section two, The Dynamics of the Health Age, discusses what is needed to move from the dying health care model to the new model. Changes are needed on both the health care providers’ part and the patients’ part. The nine dynamic flows that need adjusting:

  • sickness – wellness
  • ignorance – awareness/understanding
  • opposition – alignment
  • treatment – prevention
  • reactive – proactive
  • episodic – wholistic (not holistic)
  • procedures – performance
  • isolation – integration
  • non efficient (passive) – efficient (active)

Houle and Fleece cover these points, showing how the new dynamics will look. They have many examples of health businesses that are already making these changes and profiting.

The final section is the Landscape of the New Health Age. In these final chapters of The New Health Age, Houle and Fleece put everything together they have discussed throughout the book. They talk about the certainty of change. The health care businesses that survive and profit have to embrace the new shift of health care. People/patients have to become proactive in their health. New models of service that are interactive and electronically connected are necessary for the provision of care. As patients are proactive in their health, they will remain healthier longer, avoid more chronic illnesses, bringing down the cost of medical care, and living longer, more productive lives. It’s a win all the way around.

Each chapter ends with a summary of key points from the chapter, making it easy for the reader to sum up what was read. Houle and Fleece say they are not saying what should happen, but instead what will happen. The industry has started to move into this new direction.

No one can predict the future. But Houle and Fleece can see where the United States must go to fix our health care system. A healthy country, both physically and economically, can remain a world power. Our national debt and taxes can be lowered with some of the simple changes that Houle and Fleece demonstrate. If we ignore the medical care problems we currently have with raising costs and the aging of the population, we will fall.

The New Health Age is an excellent book. As a medical librarian, I plan to pass my copy on to my boss. It should be read by anyone involved in health care in the United States. That includes providers, payors and patients – in other words, pretty much every one who has a stake in the country’s future.

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