Friday, August 23, 2013

Care Redesign Fair celebrates innovative improvements

For the past three years, teams of experts at the MGH and other Partners HealthCare affiliates have focused on finding ways to improve the quality and efficiency of care, as part of a comprehensive strategic care redesign program. From 9 am to 2 pm on Sept. 4, staff are invited to attend a special “Care Redesign Fair” under the Bulfinch Tent to learn more about the efforts of these 20 multidisciplinary teams and to hear from a national expert about why care redesign is the way of the future.

“We look forward to showcasing the many accomplishments leading to improved value for our patients developed by these incredibly hardworking teams since the program’s launch in 2010,” says Michael R. Jaff, DO, director of the MGH/MGPO Care Redesign initiative. “Leaders from MGH will also provide insights into how our efforts represent the prescription for success in the rapidly changing health care delivery environment.”

Across Partners, teams have developed and implemented recommendations for specific diseases and procedures involved in disease management – including colon cancer, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and stroke. In 2011, the MGH began launching additional care redesign teams – including most recently, those focused on breast cancer, congestive heart failure, pain management, kidney stones and strategies to reduce readmissions across the MGH.

The fair kicks off with a poster session, followed by opening comments by Jaff at 10 am. He will then introduce keynote speaker David Longworth, MD, chair of the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute and team leader for the clinic’s Value Based Care initiatives program, who will provide insights into how care redesign has emerged as the major strategy of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Other presentations and a panel discussion with MGH and MGPO senior leadership will follow. Following closing remarks at noon, the poster session will continue until 2 pm.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Longworth to the MGH and to highlight the great work of our care redesign teams,” Jaff says. “With the rich MGH tradition of providing world-class care for almost 200 years, this event will provide all MGH employees an opportunity to see how we are strategizing to continue to lead health care into the future.”

For more information, contact Erin Conklin, senior consultant in the Center for Quality and Safety, at or 617-726-7806. For more information, about care redesign, visit the MGH/MGPO Priorities website at

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