Redesigning Healthcare: Purpose and Meaning
Tracy Gaudet, MD
AIHM 2019 Annual Conference
What you will learn
As stated by the National Academy of Medicine, “the disease-driven approach to care has resulted in spiraling costs as well as a fragmented health system that is reactive and episodic as well as inefficient and impersonal.” Now the nation faces an opioid crisis, which is a tragic symptom of the very limitations of our current find-it/fix-it medical approach. Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. The pain and suffering of so many, as well as the state of our country’s health and well-being, have created a moral imperative that can no longer be ignored. It is time to radically re-envision and redesign health care. To shift from a disease management system to a system designed to empower and equip people to take charge of their health, healing, and well-being, requires a bold transformation in healthcare. The VA has been driving this transformation and has developed a model for the Whole Health System.By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Delineate the core drivers for the transformation of health care.
- Define the critical elements of a health care system that is designed to empower and equip people to optimize their health and well-being.
- Describe examples of current demonstrations of this approach and lessons learned.
Certificate of Completion
Included in this course
Tracy Gaudet, MD
Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, is the former Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. This Office is charged with leading VHA’s transformation to Whole Health, an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and live their life to the fullest. This undertaking represents a fundamental re-envisioning and redesign in the philosophy and practice of healthcare delivery for our Veterans and our Nation.