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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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CARNOTA LAUZAN, Orlando. Irruption of management into the public health organizations. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2016, vol.42, n.4. ISSN 0864-3466.

During the last twenty years, a number of failures in the efficient management of resources have been brought to light in the public administration and particularly its healthcare organizations, but these ones were not generally shown in the statistical bulletins. Significant failures such as problems in sustainability of good health systems, many adverse events as a sign of poor quality care, or unjustified variation in medical practice made it clear that the main problem was not the amount of money you have, rather; what you do with that money. As a benchmarking approach, many successful management technologies from other sectors began to be tailored for using them in the public health care organizations. A management approach is something different from budgets cuts; it has nothing to do with eliminating services, restricting access or introducing co-payment; it deals with everything that does not create values for the patient and consume time and resources. Since the end of the 20th century up to now, health management has allowed those public health organizations which have it in place to raise quality and to create opportunities to doing more in health improvement with fewer resources. As it usually happens, the darkness and the light coexist and, sometimes, darkness prevails. That is why it is so important to identify it and to learn how to face it.

Palabras clave : Management; administration; technologies; healthcare services; processes; electronic health records; balanced scorecard.

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