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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Gender-Based Medicine and Population Health Management
06/18/2012

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

Did you know that the symptoms of a heart attack can be very different between men and women? Men will frequently experience the classic chest pain, but in women a heart attack can involve shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness or even fainting.

This is one of many examples that illustrate the need for medical professionals to have a keen awareness of gender-based differences in their patients.

To help physicians become more attuned to these differences, Texas Health Resources has collaborated with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health to offer gender-specific, continuing-education programs. The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health is part of Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center.

The collaboration will also include research projects, where Texas Health and the Laura Bush Institute will work together to identify additional gender-based differences in medicine. We believe such education and research programs can help physicians develop more individualized care plans for their patients and improve outcomes and overall well-being.

Texas Health is taking a leading role in facilitating physician-directed population health management initiatives. By helping identify the health needs of certain segments of our communities, Texas Health is helping physicians deliver the right service, at the right time and in the right place.

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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