A one-day forum for the healthcare industry was held in Houston recently and focused on how medical professionals and other leaders within comparable sectors can improve health and well-being, as well as support, for men and women who need care. The Texas Healthcare Innovation Forum was held on February 2, 2018.
The main focus of the forum was about innovation, finding ways to improve access to and the level of care for the most vulnerable populations throughout the region. The forum was held at the Marriot Marquis and invited healthcare professionals from around the country. They tackled topics revolved around the opioid crises, improving the level of care, and also how care at home is becoming more crucial to the entire process.
TMC News noted in its blog, Healthcare Leaders Convene in Houston for Innovation Forum, written by Alexandra Becker:
“Other topics covered included precision medicine, prevention strategies, improved screening approaches for early disease detection, advancements in the field of genomics, a focus on state-level policies, the aging baby boomer population, cyber risk, the forecasted physician shortage, and improvements in the handling of end-of-life care.
The panel wrapped up with a Q&A, which reiterated the major shifts anticipated in healthcare, especially in light of the recent Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan announcement regarding the creation of a new company intended to “disrupt” the field by lowering costs. It’s a sign of the times, the panelists agreed, that healthcare is changing—and it will take innovative approaches to maintain focus on the highest possible quality patient care.”
As the aging baby boomer generation now retires, it is increasing demand for not just direct medical care and attention, but also support at home. As more people prefer to remain at home when they need some level of care and support, it’s essential to understand the most effective and efficient ways to deliver that care and technology is providing a solid foundation for streamlining access.
Peter Pisters, M.D. and President of the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center said, “It’s important for us to think about the essential ingredients for creating an innovative ecosystem, and if you think about those components, they certainly include the human capital, the gifted and talented people that you’d find in a university or academic medical center environment, and that has to be coupled with the right kind of infrastructure environment,” Pisters said. “And to create that we need teamwork, we need collaboration.”
The human capital includes doctors, nurses, lab techs, support staff, and also in home care aides and visiting nurses. As more professionals see the true value in home care services, there’s a greater opportunity for aging men and women to receive quality support in the comfort of their home, which can also have the ancillary benefit of reducing costs for healthcare overall.