CHA is joining with the Global Lab for Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and its partner, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, to conduct a population health innovation challenge among CHA member organizations.
The challenge will collect and profile high-value innovations that can help CHA members and other health care organizations accelerate the transformation of health care.
Dr. Molly Coye, who heads the Global Lab, said, "We know that many Catholic health care organizations are leaders in innovation, and we're eager to learn about the successes they've had." Coye, UCLA's chief innovation officer, is the former chief executive of HealthTech, a technology forecasting organization supported by many CHA member systems.
Innovations can be submitted beginning March 2 and continuing until April 6. A committee of innovation leaders from CHA member organizations and the Global Lab for Health and UCLA faculty will review the submissions and select examples of the most high-impact innovations to profile during a general session at the Catholic Health Assembly, June 7-9, in Washington, D.C.
By BETSY TAYLOR
Palliative care expert Dr. Ira Byock knows the challenges physicians face: the urgent cases, the complexity of patient needs, the time pressures. He knows terminally ill patients and their families struggle with end-of-life issues: the physical decline, the difficult conversations and decisions that many don't prepare for in advance.
To provide resources, training and support to help clinicians have more meaningful conversations with patients and their families about their preferences for care through the end of life, he started last summer as the founding executive director and chief medical officer of Providence Health & Services' Institute for Human Caring, based at Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance, Calif. The institute serves the five-state Providence Health & Services, with 35 hospitals and ancillary facilities in California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Montana.
Byock previously directed palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and chaired the department of palliative medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine in New Hampshire. He is the author of Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life and The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life.
"With the Affordable Care Act, our nation took a giant step forward," Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, CHA's president and chief executive officer, said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Jan. 28. "And now if this case is decided wrongly, we’ll take a giant step back. It is profoundly disruptive when people who have health care coverage lose it."