Toward a national conversation on health: Disruptive intervention and the transformation from health care to health

Kevin A. Dorrance, Dennis A. Robbins, Linda Kimsey, Jeffrey S. LaRochelle, Steven Durning

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Over a century ago, Abraham Flexner’s landmark report on medical education resulted in the most extensive reforms of medical training in history. They led to major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the relief of suffering. His prediction that “the physician’s function is fast becoming social and preventive, rather than individual and curative,” however, was never realized. Instead, with the rise of biomedical science, the scientific method and the American Medical Association, the health care system became increasingly distanced from a holistic approach to life that recognizes the critical role social determinants play in people’s health. These developments created the beginning of the regulatory controls that have come to define and shape American health care – and our unhealthy obsession with illness, disease and curative medicine that has resulted in a system that has little to do with health. To realize Flexner’s prediction, and to transform health care into a holistic system whose primary goals are focused on health outcomes, six disruptive interventions are proposed. First, health needs to be placed in the context of community. Second, the model of primary care needs to be revised. Third, big data need to be harnessed to provide personalized, consumable, and actionable health knowledge. Fourth, there needs to greater patient engagement, but with fewer face-to-face encounters. Fifth, we need revitalized, collaborative medical training for physicians. And finally, true transformation will require market-driven, not regulatory-constrained, innovation. The evolution from health care to health demands consumer-driven choices that only a deregulated, free market can provide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Toward a national conversation on health: Disruptive intervention and the transformation from health care to health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this