Earlier this week I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Harvard Business School professor and strategist, Michael Porter to our campus. Porter delivered a rousing presentation that really captured the challenges and opportunities health organizations face as we embrace the shift from volume to value.
Recently, Willard H. Dere, M.D., FACP––an internationally regarded medical researcher and leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, and former U. faculty member––returned to the University of Utah to lead our Program in Personalized Health. Dere comes to us following 25 years in the biopharmaceutical industry where he held top posts at some of the world’s largest drug makers, such as Amgen and Eli Lilly. A history major in college, Dere offers an interesting perspective on advances in health care and the emerging role of personalized medicine.
America’s growing burden of chronic disease is forcing the pendulum at hospitals and health systems to swing from episodic, acute clinical care toward wellness, disease prevention and disease management. As an industry we are now responsible for the full continuum of care, and for keeping patients healthy and out of hospitals.
As we begin to imagine the future of health care and define its successful delivery in an academic medical setting, it is worth reflecting on just how far we have come as an organization. Making the notion of affordable and accessible health care a reality is hard work. What we know is that the most transformative and lasting changes don’t happen from top-down government policies and directives. They happen from within, driven by you as our students, faculty, staff and patients.
Happy Retirement to Larry Dew, Assistant Vice President of Finance for U of U Health Sciences!
Intermountain Healthcare's Chief Quality Officer, Brent James talks about his career path, which he describes as “a series of accidents,” and his predictions for the future of health care.
A Who's Who list of health industry leaders gathered at the Utah Capitol on Oct. 3 to share how they're delivering more efficient, high quality health care. I had the pleasure of participating in the event, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons - and was proud to showcase some of University of Utah Health Sciences' victories in the volume-to-value revolution.
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