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Season 2007 Episode 1002

The Symphony of Health Care Delivery

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The Symphony of Health Care Delivery
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The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH) hosted The Symphony of Health Care Delivery: A Strategy for Transforming the U.S. Health Care System, bringing together former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis W. Sullivan and former Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services Dr. Eduardo Sanchez.Dr. Sullivan focused on the need to increase openness and awareness of research on cost and quality-driven health outcomes, stating that doctors, patients, and other interested parties should be directly involved in the generation of research and the evaluation of findings. He emphasized the value of communicating health information in ways that are understandable to all stakeholders in a fair and professionally balanced manner. Additionally, he presented examples of several Dallas-Fort Worth innovative companies that have adopted value-based benefits design strategies, prioritizing patient health while containing health care costs.Dr. Sanchez identified the goal of health care reform as optimal health, highlighting the importance of preventive services. He referenced his Partnership for Prevention report, "Preventive Care: A National Profile on Use, Disparities and Health Benefits," providing an overview of the key preventive services that have the potential to save more than 100,000 lives annually. Dr. Sanchez underscored the importance of making the best use of health information technology to deliver these cost-effective and beneficial clinical services.The program is supported by Pfizer Inc.moreless
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