This has been a watershed year for health care and health policy. With the survival of the Affordable Care Act – having been confirmed as constitutional by the Supreme Court back in June – and the rise of health IT, it is safe to say that 2012 left its mark on our country’s health care delivery system.

Rather than looking back and reflecting on the triumphs and failures of the past year, in the interest of being disruptive, we’re instead taking this opportunity, on the very last day of the year, to look forward.

Thus, based on all that we saw, experienced, read about, covered and discussed last year, we would like to offer some suggestions, in the form of New Year’s Resolutions, for health care and health policy going forward:

  • Find a real solution to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) – no more “doc-fixes,” we need a long-term solution
  • Increase education and awareness around heart health and disease – the number one cause of death for women in this country
  • Improve patient access to electronic health records
  • Encourage patients [especially women] to seek out preventive care – under the Affordable Care Act, 22 prevention-related health services for women must now be covered with no cost-sharing obligation
  • Embrace health IT and mHealth
  • But also ensure that the proper health IT and mHealth regulations are in place to maintain patient safety and care quality
  • Improve access to mental health care
  • Continue searching for ways to improve medication adherence – it can improve patient outcomes and cut reduce overall health spending
  • Find ways to engage patients – especially through health IT and mHealth

These are just a few of the many areas in which the health care and health policy communities can be looking to make changes and improvements in 2013. Have additional resolutions to add? Contribute to our list by posting a comment!

Here at Disruptive Women, we have just one Resolution for the New Year – to continue serving as a platform for provocative ideas, thoughts and solutions in the health sphere. For as many problems were solved and challenges overcome in the health care system in 2012, many more still remain, and we are committed to continuing our role as an online destination for innovative thinking on exciting health trends and current health policy issues so that we can keep working towards solving and overcoming them.

So on behalf of the Disruptive Women in Health Care team, Happy New Year! We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store!

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