Health Solutions Research, Incorporated (HSR), is an IRS recognized, non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to performing patient- and provider-focused research in the healthcare field.
HSR’s Mission is –
To research the needs of patients & providers in an effort to increase access to high quality healthcare in America.
The relative high cost and poor outcomes of the US healthcare system as compared to the rest of the developed world is well documented. The US spends, even at current healthcare access levels, 17% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare while the rest of the G-20 nations spend between 9% and 11% of their GDP on healthcare. This is an unsustainable differential – and a competitive disadvantage for the United States, our companies, and our citizens.
At HSR, we research solutions addressing this situation and work with providers, insurers, Health IT vendors, medical device manufacturers, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, Area Agencies on Aging, and other entities within the healthcare ecosystem to identify and implement such solutions. Our focus is on the patient’s needs from the healthcare system and in patient-provider interaction.
HSR’s Vision is –
Focusing on the Patient & Patient-Provider interaction will illuminate solutions to increase the quality and lower the cost of Healthcare in the US.
The three challenges for healthcare – increasing access, increasing quality, and reducing costs may seem contrary – however, we believe a “get back to basics” approach will actually result in achieving all three simultaneously. At its most basic level, healthcare is represented by the interaction between a patient and their physician – the Doctor’s Visit. Our view is that by focusing on that Doctor’s visit and what the physician, and more importantly, the patient bring to and need as outcome of that visit will naturally guide in suggesting and developing solutions and creating the scenarios allowing our country to lower the cost of providing the highest quality medical care for the largest possibly size and diversity of populations.
When there is limited access to healthcare, individuals and families default to the most expensive form of care – the ER visit. And when care is expanded, invariably it is the lower cost care that is made available. Increased care also has been shown to arrest health issues before they become the most severe, and therefore easier and less expensive to address.
Both factors suggest a correlation between increased access to care and lower cost of care.
HSR is a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and we participate in the Health Domain Woking Group (DWG).