At Bethesda Inc., we envision a day when Greater
Cincinnati is the most desirable place to receive and deliver health care. We’re
doing our part to build momentum toward this goal by leveraging our unique
position as co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of health care
transformation to challenge health care and community providers to think
Learn more in our 2016 Community Report.
We believe it is worth the risk to invest in
forward-looking approaches to health care delivery. While much work remains, the range of new
ideas and partnerships to solve health care challenges is growing. Our report shares perspectives from business,
civic and community health leaders regarding their unique perspectives on the growing
momentum in our region and challenges to evolving health care delivery more
Here are a few of their voices.
The signs of momentum
"I see momentum in
community-wide collaboration – especially through the work of The Health
Collaborative. The Health Collaborative convenes key community stakeholders –
including health systems, insurance providers, physicians, employers and
patients – to spur innovation, positive change and shared investments to
achieve the Triple Aim: improved care, improved health and lower costs. TriHealth’s
involvement in The Health Collaborative aligns perfectly with our 20-year
mission to evolve as a clinically integrated delivery system designed, equipped
and experienced to take on responsibility for improving the health of our
community through patient populations."
Mark Clement | President and CEO | TriHealth
"The use of
technology, such as electronic health records, has contributed to gaining
momentum in transforming health care with benefits such as timely access to
information, improved communication and information management. Although cell
phones are not unique to communication, they have become a new front door to
health care with the emergence of millennials as techie health consumers with
different expectations than the baby boomers."
Miriam Crenshaw | CEO | WinMed Health Services
Cincinnati’s assets – both in health care and consumer insight – to create
viable businesses is the perfect play for our region. Establishing Spry Labs is
a significant milestone toward making Cincinnati the premier destination for
startups and patient-centered care in the Midwest."
Wendy Lea | CEO | Cintrifuse
"Our region has
greatly benefited from the increase in awareness around the lack of affordable
nutritious and healthy foods – especially for low-income populations and
communities. We’ve seen outstanding innovation and creative ideas that have
begun to address the problem of lack of healthy foods, and there is still room
for improvement here."
Linda Smith-Berry | Clinic Manager | Good Samaritan Free Health Center
Challenges to evolving more quickly
region is gaining momentum when it comes to transforming health care when it
recognizes the growth of non-traditional populations and addresses their
specific needs. Providing culturally and language appropriate health services
is still a challenge that keeps our region from evolving health care delivery
Giovanna Alvarez | Director, Su Casa Hispanic Center |
Catholic Charities SW Ohio – Archdiocese of Cincinnati
demographics of our region change, in terms of age, gender and ethnicity, we
will need to overcome the lack of diversity among providers and health system
leadership. We will be slower in improving health outcomes and meeting the needs
of vulnerable populations if we limit the voices and experiences from a broader
spectrum of professionals and consumers. Achieving and sustaining the goals of
the Triple Aim will require equity and recognizing where we have fallen short
and face those challenges in order to achieve a healthier region."
Judith Warren | CEO | Health Care Access Now
challenge we are facing is complexity. We need to continue our collective
efforts to drive simple, efficient and consumer-centered health care delivery
and payment models. That includes accelerating our commitment to primary care
as the center of our health care system. We must always to better educate
consumers about the importance of their primary care provider and the value of
selecting primary care physicians operating under the Comprehensive Primary
Care Initiative and other medical home models. Further empowering our
community’s primary care providers is the key to enhancing access, improving
outcomes and achieving affordability."
Erin Hoeflinger | President | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Ohio
is at the leading edge of electronic communication of clinical information,
there is still a lack of willingness to share data/information across all
patient care episodes. Some health systems share no information with the rest
of the health care community, some still use fax and mail to communicate; in
short, interoperability is still an issue.
Robyn F. Chatman, MD | Principal Consultant/Physician Informatics
For more, check out our community report.