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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health believes that healthy people are happier, enhance the well-being of their families, contribute more to their communities and jobs, and have less financial impact on the health care system.
Texas Health recently announced a collaboration with Healthways, one of the pioneers in using evidence-based tools and methods to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Together, we’re developing a new model for health services in North Texas that we believe will help fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
This is the first time that Healthways has joined with a large integrated health system. The science behind their tools and methods has been proven in collaboration with employers and communities in other parts of the country. Now we’re taking the new role of improving population health to the next level in one of the largest metropolitan areas of the country.
We will provide tools that enhance a physician’s ability to track and understand what works and what doesn’t for an individual patient — and help the physician understand why.
People will also be able to use the Healthways Well-Being Assessment and biometric screenings that give personalized baseline metrics to measure success. A few of the many other possibilities are effective smoking cessation programs, fitness coaching and proven weight loss methods.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.