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A roadmap for achieving ‘systemness’
In an ideal world, health care providers would work collectively and collaboratively to meet patient needs, with minimal fragmentation or redundancy across the system. Systems would be constructed—and reconfigured as needed—to allow for swift adaptation in response to external pressures such as demographic changes and decreasing budgets. Read post.
5 questions to determine your accountable care readiness
These are the five critical questions you need to ask yourself and your organisation before you move forward on accountable care:. Read post.
These are the traits of the 'best' CEOs, analysis finds
When hiring a new CEO, organisations should be on the lookout for certain personality traits to separate the "best" chief executives from those who are just "average," Dean Stamoulis writes for Harvard Business Review. Though not specific to health care, Stamoulis’ findings are broadly applicable to the hospital and health system chief executives we work with daily. Read post.
GPs are in crisis—and it's affecting your hospital
Learn how the changing GP landscape presents an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and payers to consider how they can partner with GPs in the transformation of primary care. Read post.
How one hospital reduced avoidable ED visits—by telling patients 'I told you so'
After one Spanish hospital implemented an innovative solution to direct more patients away from the ED and into primary care, its share of low-urgency ED presentations dropped from 54% to 17%. Read post.
The Esther Model—How one patient redefined an entire system vision in Sweden
An elderly Swedish patient known as "Esther" arrived at her GP experiencing shortness of breath—and ended up speaking with 36 clinicians before she was finally admitted to the hospital. Learn how Jönköping County Council used Esther's experience to transform its system's vision. Read post.
Notes on: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande
Dr Atul Gawande's 'Being Mortal' sat at the top of my to-be-read list for too long. But now that I’ve gotten to it, I wanted to share my notes. Use them to start—and join—conversations with your team and your colleagues throughout the industry.