The inaugural Delivery Science Summit 2015 - Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery wrapped up midday Friday, Sept. 18, after two-and-a-half days of intense discussion, inspiring speakers and presentations of cutting edge research. See news story.
Attendees came from across the country and around the world, to pursue common goals defined by the Triple Aim - enhance patient experience, improve population health and manage the cost of care.
"It's time - we have to take on the big questions," said Timothy Beebe, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. "We need to shake the Etch-a-Sketch a little," he said, encouraging attendees to explore and embrace new and different ideas and approaches to addressing the issues that affect patients everywhere.
He was not alone in this observation. Bill Crown, Ph.D., OptumLabs™, speaking on "Big Data" - a popular conference topic, enjoined attendees that "We need to think on alternative methods to analyze these complex data. Traditional methods
do not work."
Attendees were able to meet, mingle and exchange ideas with individuals representing the wide range of disciplines and professions that make up the continuum of health care delivery. Commenting on this very mix, Jörgen Nordenström, M.D., Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, said "[Delivery Science Summit] is a unique concept, since it brings together people with diverse backgrounds, medics, engineers, computer people, economists, etc. - just the mix that is needed to improve healthcare."
They took away proven methods to improve their practice, new research concepts to explore, and ideas to manage or reduce health care costs. Most importantly, they left with a few more answers to the question posed by James Bagian, M.D., University of Michigan, " How do we supply to patients the care they both need and want...in an efficient way...and use resources in a way that allows us to care for the most patients?"
Over the next weeks, watch the summit website for more pictures, and recordings of all the general sessions. Sign up for updates, and Save the Date for Delivery Science Summit 2017, which will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, October 16-18, 2017.