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'The Business of Health Care Report'

We Must Inspire Change

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

We must inspire change in how people think about their own health — that is the only way we can truly reform health care. You’ll hear Texas Health talk a lot about this concept in the coming months.

Personal health behaviors are 50 percent of what influences health, but we spend only 4 percent of our health care dollars to change behaviors.

Changing behaviors is not easy. Texas Health is committed to providing people and their physicians with tools that can help make change easier and more effective. We recently announced a landmark agreement with Healthways, one of the companies at the forefront of helping change behaviors and improve the health of communities.

Together, Texas Health and Healthways are developing a new model for North Texas designed to connect people to their own health, connect people to their doctors, and connect people in their communities.

Better health starts with the individual and expands to improve the health and well-being of the entire community.

The ultimate goal of this new model — based on methods Healthways has proven in other communities — is to lead people to happier, healthier, well-adjusted lives. Healthy people enhance the well-being of their families, contribute more to their communities and jobs, and have less financial impact on the health care system.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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