Precision Medicine and the Pharmacist’s Changing Role
As the importance of interprofessionalism in health care continues to grow, so does the role of the pharmacist. “The role of the pharmacist is changing from one that has been focused on medication dispensing and now moving into direct patient care,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Pharmacy. Precision medicine plays a big part in this direct patient care. By looking at the patient’s clinical test results, as well as lifestyle and diet, a pharmacist can hone in on precisely what the patient needs.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GENETIC DIVERSITY IN PHARMACOGENOMICS
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. The idea is that everyone’s genetic makeup is different, so everyone’s treatment for a disease should be different. The hurdle comes in the lack of genetic diversity in clinical trials. “We don’t truly understand how to treat people of different ethnic backgrounds, if we’ve never done the testing,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Pharmacy.
HEALTH SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE REQUIRE CLINICALLY INTEGRATED NETWORKS
Historically, academic institutions have not integrated with other providers or shared information directly, but that dynamic of health care is changing. “If we can work together, we can provide better, more efficient care at a better price,” says Daniel Vukmer, JD, USF Health’s senior associate vice president of network integration. Successful health systems of the future will require clinically integrated networks (CIN) to change the culture of health care.
Better Care Through Clinically Integrated Networks
Dan Vukmer, Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Associate Vice President of Network Integration, Senior Associate Dean- Morsani College of Medicine
January 13, 2018
Clinical Integrated Networks (CINs) help keep patients away from the hospital. Vukmer says physician-led CINs try to keep the patients out hospital beds unless they absolutely need to be there. But, when patients need care, the physicians group of USF Health, the only academic health center in southwest Florida, can deliver the best possible specialty care – provided by health professionals on the cutting edge.
USF Health Leads the Way in Team-Based Care
USF Health has long embraced interdisciplinary care and training. With its combination of colleges and schools, encompassing medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy and physical therapy, USF Health’sinterventional approach to treatment is strengthened by its dynamic ability to also focus on population health, wellness and harnessing data to answer complex questions. Dr. Funai says USF Health has the opportunity to grow the whole health care team that works together to benefit the patient, “because that’s where the focus always needs to be.”
Outstanding Experience for our Patients
August 7, 2017
A large portion of health care value is embedded in the patient experience. Dr. Funai says each person who interacts with patients becomes part of the overall experience of care. USF Health encourages all health care professionals, at every touch point, to make warm and human connections with patients.
Improving Customer Service in Health Care
July 17, 2017
Successful business models could help improve patient satisfaction in health care. Dr. Funai says that the health care field needs to learn from other industries to improve themselves and their customers’ expectations. Companies like Disney and Ritz Carlton maximize customer experience, and health care can certainly use a similar approach to advance their overall tactics to improve patient satisfaction.
Current State of USF Health
June 30, 2017
USF Health is transforming clinical care to help improve patient experience and satisfaction. Dr. Funai says recent infrastructure investments will help measure quality improvements. Through these efforts, our goal is to help deliver the safest, most timely and effective care for patients.
Investments in USF Health
June 15, 2017
USF Health is providing the necessary resources to give patients the best visit experience. Edmund Funai, MD, chief operating officer at USF Health, vice dean for administrational at the Morsani College of Medicine and senior vice president for strategic development at the USF System, says USF Health values patients and their wants and needs. Each step of the patients’ visits and each person they interact with, from beginning to end, is an opportunity for us to satisfy them and ensure that their care is perfectly coordinated – to ease the frustrations that are typical with the health care system.