Group Health Solutions for Transforming Care, “Innovating Through Engagement,” Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:30 – 4:30, Westin Seattle Hotel, $75
The title of this post comes from a conversation that was had at last week’s roundtable on patient centered care (click here to see the photos and description), around the legend of the “7 minute primary care visit with your doctor.” There’s an undeniable fact that when that’s dropped into a conversation, it gets noticed, because no one likes or wants them, doctors and patients alike.
There’s another fact about the 7 minute visit, which is that there are organizations that don’t have them. You don’t create 30 minute visits with primary care physicians by just lengthening the appoint time, though, that won’t work.
Group Health Cooperative (my alma mater, I am biased) has done an incredible amount of work realigning an entire health system to create just the reality that people seek, comprehensive care from a personal physician that’s coordinated across the spectrum of health care, including specialty care and hospitalizations.
I paid a visit and posted some photographs on this blog, and I’m going to go back and see in April. You don’t have to wait for my report, though, because Group Health is hosting an event in Seattle, “Innovating through Engagement,” on March 25, 11, that’s open to the public, and will showcase the people and innovations that made this happen. Innovations, that have been widely recognized in the physician world as noted by Group Health Physicians Medical Director Michael Soman, MD.
I would personally like to see a lot of social media enthusiast types go, selfishly so I can learn in advance of my trip, selfishly so the rest of health care can come to see that the impossible really is possible.
Ok, enough words, watch this video of Elizabeth Cohen from CNN paying a visit. As you watch this, imagine that this care system is saving not just money for its patients, it’s saving that thing they can never get back if they waste it – their time.