An article in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare describes The Greater Danger in healthcare today. And that danger is the misuse of the word system, according to Dave Roberts of HIMSS. I agree on some level with Dave, but also think we do have a healthcare system. However, it just isn't sustainable as it is formed today!
Our healthcare system has been one massive performance improvement effort from its inception and we need to continually plan, adjust, assess, and re-adjust as necessary. My fear with regard to the greater danger is that we are not making some of the improvements necessary at the rate that is most appropriate because we do too often let politics interfere. The result is that we have a system that is not created to serve the betterment of all of the populations it is supposed to serve!