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Healthcare Transformation and Integrated Delivery: Moving Advances into Practice

Posted Sep 26 2008 5:17pm

by Ed Howe

As our country addresses why we spend so much on healthcare, yet often receive such disappointing results, we will require hard research on improving the delivery of care. Clinical research and scientific breakthroughs are occurring at an astonishing rate; getting these advances into practice is an opportunity waiting to be seized.

We all know that new knowledge takes a ridiculously long time to move into routine practice. The estimated timeframe is 17 years, or almost a generation. My hypothesis is that – in part – this is caused by the tribal-like culture of each of the separate professions delivering care. Only a small amount of the education is conducted jointly and, likewise, real-world integration of care is too often the exception rather than the rule.

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has formed a search and screen committee for the Howe Chair for Healthcare Transformation. I was invited to be a member and we had our first meeting yesterday. A collaboration of Aurora Health Care and UWM, the focus will be on applied research to identify, design and test healthcare process and clinical innovations as well as the mechanisms for moving them rapidly into routine practice to improve outcomes and control costs.

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