Being willing to see healthcare delivery from the patient’s perspective is critical to transformative innovation in healthcare. So says David Nace, M.D., vice president for clinical development at McKesson. He participated in McKesson’s Better Health Boston event held March 26.

Dr. Nace points to Tufts Medical Center’s distributed academic medical center model as a transformative innovation that started by examining access to Tufts’ brand of medical care through the eyes of patients.

Under the model, Tufts physicians now provide routine inpatient services to patients at their community hospitals rather than requiring them to come to Tufts — and pay higher prices — for the same level and quality of care.

Watch an interview with Tufts Medical Center’s Ellen Zane on the distributed academic medical center model.

Nace and Tuft’s Ellen Zane participated in McKesson’s Better Health Boston event held March 26.

The Better Health Tour

Like politics, all healthcare is local. But what can local businesses do to transform their organizations and the community in an ecosystem as complex as healthcare? The Better Health Tour is an opportunity for local healthcare leaders to engage in candid and meaningful conversations about the future of healthcare in select cities. The conferences in Portland, Boston and the Twin Cities enable an exchange of ideas between local leaders across organizational barriers, industry segments, traditional interests and points of view. The aim is to help broaden perspectives, to challenge and redefine priorities, and to catalyze the development of innovative approaches that will strengthen the local healthcare ecosystem.

That’s why McKesson is presenting the Better Health Tour. It’s not a marketing event or a trade show. We believe that the challenges of healthcare will only be solved by generating practical ideas, innovative approaches and new growth in the healthcare industry at the local level. The events have been designed to identify opportunities that will enable transformative innovation and provide participants with a new framework for thinking about the practical solutions that will lead to better health for both their own organizations and the community.

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About the author

Dr. David Nace is vice president and medical director at McKesson Health Solutions. He is a nationally recognized leader with expertise in health care technology, health care reform and the patient-centered medical home.

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