2015 Inspire|Health Care: Celebrating Innovation, Collaboration, and Excellence in Care
“Healthcare will have a Disneyland moment.” That was the vision illustrated by keynote speaker Aneesh Chopra, former (and first!) U.S. Chief Technology Officer, at our 2015 Inspire | Healthcare Awards Celebration on November 4. It will have elements that seem magical and family-friendly, Chopra pointed out, but most importantly – healthcare, like Disneyland, and will one day be a customizable user-based experience that will personalize every patient encounter to ensure they get the right care, at the right time.
At The Health Collaborative, we have a similar vision – to inspire such breakthroughs in transforming health & healthcare – and our members and partners are key to making that happen. Traditionally, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council held an annual dinner and awards ceremony to recognize the collective accomplishments of our members and partners: 30 hospital and health systems, 150 long-term care facilities, and over 100 business partners, as well as numerous community organizations and foundations. After the merge with the Health Collaborative and HealthBridge in early 2015, we decided to continue that 20-year tradition in grand, high style.
Inspire | Healthcare debuted to celebrate our members and community partners and to thank them for the vital role they each play in improving health and healthcare in the Greater Cincinnati region. Over 200 of our friends and partners from hospital systems, physician offices, skilled care facilities, non-profit organizations, and many other stakeholders joined us for the afternoon celebration at Cincinnati’s new Anderson Pavilion at Smale Riverfront Park.
Arriving guests walked the “orange carpet” for photos before proceeding to the lounge for networking and cocktails.
The program kicked off with a video illustrating the collective accomplishments of our members and partners over the year and personal messages of gratitude and appreciation from our staff for all their important contributions to our work. (Read on to view the video below.)
All eyes then turned to Aneesh Chopra as he took the stage to share his insights about the future of innovation in health and healthcare. By 2018, 50% of healthcare payment will shift from fee-for-service models to alternative payment models specifically designed to reward better health outcomes. Chopra said this, combined with the government’s open data initiatives, lends itself toward a patient-centered dynamic, where healthcare data is not only available, but accessible via any digital device the patient uses to download, share and interpret their healthcare data.
Chopra described how this kind of data transparency, interoperability among systems, and the next generation of problem-solvers in the health technology field are changing the face of healthcare across the country.
“This is the most entrepreneurial time in healthcare’s history,” he said, urging the attendees to think of themselves as true entrepreneurs of healthcare.
Sharing MC duties for the afternoon were Erin Hoeflinger, Cincinnati-area president of Anthem and chair of The Health Collaborative’s Board of Directors; and Tim Putnam, president of Margaret Mary Health and chair of our Health Council Steering Committee. Together they guided a fast-moving awards program honoring those who have gone the extra mile for our community in the pursuit of the triple aim: better health, better care, and lower cost.
The Health Collaborative added a few new awards to our annual member event, completing an impressive list of recognitions designed to inspire excellence in areas such as quality and patient safety, outstanding operational efficiencies, championing health data transparency, embracing technology innovation, and beyond.
The awards and their respective winners are noted as follows:
2015 Richard M. Smith Leadership in Patient Safety Award: Rena Sorensen, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Hoxworth Blood Center Awards: The Blood Management Team at St. Elizabeth Healthcare won all three awards in a clean sweep:
The Most Improved Award
The Percentage Exceeding Goal Award
The Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year
Achievement: St. Elizabeth Physicians Bellevue (Northern KY)
Impact: The City of Cincinnati Health Department
The Health Collaborative’s 2015 Inspire | Innovation Award: TriHealth
Congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees. Your spirit of collaboration and commitment to excellence has helped make the Cincinnati region a respected leader in health and healthcare transformation.
Inspired by our members and partners, The Health Collaborative continues to look for new and innovative ways to use data, advance patient safety, and invest in the strengths of our stakeholders to improve quality care across the healthcare continuum. With the participation and guidance from our members, partners, and community, we are leading innovations in healthcare improvement for our region – or in other words, we’re working towards “healthcare’s Disneyland moment.”