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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Exploring New Ways to Coordinate Across the Continuum of Care
07/30/2012

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

Texas Health is exploring new ways to improve health before people end up in the hospital and after they leave the acute-care hospital. The health system in our country has developed over time in silos. And we have not had very good connections horizontally across all those silos.

We are expanding our ability to collaborate and coordinate health services across the continuum of care. That does not mean we will always own every piece across the continuum. We are creating relationships with other organizations for prevention, wellness and education, as well as post-acute care such as rehabilitation, long-term care, home health care and hospice.

We’re also working to tie the pieces together through information systems that can connect across our organization and to the information systems of other providers.

In the past, patient information was held in unconnected silos. That often meant the patient had duplicate tests, and their specialist might not have the same information as their primary care physician. Our ultimate goal is to securely share patient medical information and make it accessible to their caregivers quickly and accurately, wherever they are.

Effective reform of the health care system will come from this type of collaboration and teamwork at the local and regional level.

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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