Friday, September 20, 2013

Care for the future


Jaff, right, presents Longworth with a certificate of appreciation.

Twenty multidisciplinary teams working to develop new ways to improve care and reduce costs in high stakes clinical areas showcased their initiatives during a Sept. 4 MGH/MGPO Care Redesign Fair. More than 150 people gathered under the Bulfinch tent for the event, which featured a poster session outlining the work of the care redesign teams as well as the work of the MGH Innovation Units. 

“We are here to celebrate the incredibly hard work that everyone has put into care redesign in the last several years,” said Michael R. Jaff, DO, director MGH/MGPO Care Redesign and chair of the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.

David Longworth, MD, chair of the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute and team leader of the clinic’s Value Based Care initiatives program, served as keynote speaker for the event. Longworth urged the audience to join other health care organizations across the country in embracing care redesign. “The cost of health care is out of control and patient outcomes have room for improvement. We need to move from the current volume-based world to one that focuses on improving the value of care. Care redesign is the vehicle to help us achieve our goals of providing higher quality care at lower costs for our patients,” he said.

Following Longworth’s address, MGH/MGPO senior leaders made presentations about the ongoing care redesign projects aimed at advancing efforts to create a more affordable, patient-centered health care system for MGH patients and their families.

“My vision for care redesign at the MGH is straightforward,” Jaff said. “I want to see teams working in every corner of this institution to make the patient experience better, more efficient and of greater value.”

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