Video: Accountable care organizations, the Steve Jobs way

This video, by healthcare consultant Anthony Cirillo, offers a neat suggestion — why not sic Steve Jobs on the accountable care organization model?  As Cirillo sees it, Jobs is one of few execs out there who really understands how to build complex things in a lean, functional way.

“When we develop products, we’re about putting as many features into them as possible, and hospitals, as many services as possible,” Cirillo says. “But Steve Jobs…wouldn’t just build an accountable care organization, he’d build your accountable care organization, where you would get just the amount of care you needed at the right time in the right place.”   More below:

Don’t be distracted by the guitars hanging on the wall in the background — they’re just symbolic of Cirillo’s other passions, singing and songwriting.  What he has to say on this subject is definitely worth a listen.

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.


  • Love the Video and outside the box thinking! A few quick observations. As long as hospitals are in the ACO model we won’t see the real change we need nor any real savings. Hospitals for example that own doc practices take a loss on those and make it up on hospital ancillaries so they have a perverse disincentive to overuse those services.

    I love the Apple model of consumer centered design for products that we don’t even realize we want it! If we could get even a little more patient centered care design principals into health care (listening to patients preferences results in better care) we could start to see some changes.

    It can be a canard however to imply that if patients simply were more focused on maintaining their own health or had to shoulder more of the costs we won’t need expensive health care systems since the people with chronic conditions (15% of the people account for 70% of costs) are already in the system. Studies in fact show oddly enough that if people are healthier and live long it actually costs more per person then if they die younger.

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