The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation hosted annual conference called Transform, and FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou both attended and spoke about her work.
The conference focused on innovative health ideas happening in pockets around the country that have the potential to change healthcare for the greater good, and also, to highlight ideas that can be used so the health care system works better for patients and families.
In America, "care" has a strict definition, Dr. Georgiou says. Regulated facilities, strict guidelines and what qualifies as care is what your hospital can bill – however, health care is so much more. The media plays a role in education so patients can be their own health care advocates.
EMERGENCY ROOM 180
A presentation by a former Mayo physician focused on ER increasingly being used by patients without true emergencies. He realized the ER was built to take care of emergencies, but people wanted to use it for primary care, so he's advocating a redesign to do just that by increasing efficiency and addressing the way patients are using them so they receive quick care when they need it.
VIOLENCE AS AN EPIDEMIC
A discussion on violence looked at the concept as a disease versus a crime. An epidemiologist who had been working in developing countries treating patients with AIDS and cholera and tuberculosis said epidemics start in one location and spread to a community, tantamount to a disease. Instead of looking at violence as a criminal concept, it can be seen as an epidemic that spreads throughout a community. Violence can be changed by identifying the inciting factor so you can stop it before it spreads.