4.1 Technology and Healthcare Expenditures
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Shi, L., & Singh, D. A. (2015). Delivering health care in America: A systems approach (6th ed.).
Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
To assess your ability to assess the extent to which the development and utilization of new
technologies affects healthcare expenditures.
Action Items- IMPORTANT
1. The regular increase in healthcare expenditures has been attributed, in part, to the
development and utilization of new technologies. Compared to other factors that
influence expenditure growth, how significant is the technology factor given the benefits
technology offers in both patient care and quality and performance outcomes? Are the
costs justified given such benefits?
o Conduct basic research about the issue. Consider both current and historical
information, as applicable.
o Reflect on the issues. While there may be a relatively straightforward answer or
approach, consider the issues from different perspectives.
o Consider additional implications, impacts, etc. related to the issues.
2. By Wednesday, write a 350-word response (no more than one to two pages). Use the
Discuss tool to post your response to the Technology and Healthcare Expenditures topic.
3. By Sunday, review the posts of two of your peers. Write a 150-word response to each
peer in which you respectfully and professionally offer your opinion of their posts:
o Pose a clarifying question (e.g., What did you mean by…, Why did you say…,
What criteria did you use…, What was your intention…, What is the connection…,
What were your assumptions…?).
o Provide an additional insight, an “ah-hah moment”, or a respectful refutation.
o Provide an application or practical example (e.g., I have seen an example of
this…, The result of this could be…).