Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | May 7, 2013

The Science of Healthcare Delivery

Rick Gannotta, president of Duke Raleigh HospitalBy Rick Gannotta, NP, DHA, FACHE, Duke Raleigh Hospital President

Our current healthcare environment is undergoing tremendous change.

The paradigm shift includes a move from what has been a historically volume-driven care model to a value-driven care model.

This transition will impact overall health care costs and shift those costs into new areas of growth which presents both challenges and opportunities.

In a value-driven and patient-centered model, healthcare providers focus care on patient needs through new and innovated models including Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative defines a PCMH as a “model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety….  It is a framework for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time and the manner that best suits a patient’s needs.”

That will provide the “scaffolding” for a population-health – realigning care to best meet the needs of different patient segments cared for by experts with specific skill sets.

Early estimates indicate that a patient-centered, value-driven care model could eliminate upwards of $500 billion in non-value-added functions.

We are already seeing these transformational changes begin to take shape, and Duke Medicine and Duke Raleigh Hospital are committed to applying the great expertise found within our system so that our patients have the best experience possible.

I am encouraged by the prospect these changes offer for our patients and for the future of healthcare delivery in our country.

For more information about the changes in healthcare, visit North Carolina Hospital Association. Also, check out Healthy Hospitals and Healthy Communities to learn more about the vital role hospitals play in our community.

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