Utilizing Protocols in the United States Healthcare System
In the current United States healthcare system, there are no standardized methods of practicing medicine. There is also no consistent standard by which physicians are reimbursed for their services. Consequently, the cost of healthcare in the United States is much higher than other countries, while the quality of care is not proportionally higher. In order to combat this problem, utilizing evidence-based protocols can help to reduce the unnecessary costs involved in healthcare and simultaneously improve the quality of care through best practices. In order for the protocol driven system to function properly, there are a few obstacles to overcome such as gathering strong evidence for protocol creation, creating an unbiased and well represented committee, and physician compliance. Through proper planning and employment of modern technology, evidence-based protocols are an effective means of providing positive healthcare reform in the United States.