Tampa Transplant Institute: Streamlined Care
USF Health’s Dr. David Weill leads the Tampa Transplant Institute, bringing together under one umbrella five centers to treat patients in need of organ transplants and complex medical care for advanced organ disease. The institute encompasses Tampa General Hospital-based programs for heart, lung, kidney, pancreas and liver transplants, and a mechanical circulatory support center. Dr. Weill says the integrated institute will better serve patients and their referring doctors with a more streamlined care model. “We’ll put them in the right place, so that the care will be efficiently delivered.”
Dan Vukmer, Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
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.
Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD
Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD, discusses the current health care challenges. Dr. Wolfson suggests that having access to services, beyond bearing a health insurance card, doesn’t ensure patients the affordability of care or services. The current system of care regards the health of patients into segmented areas, which are referred to specialized practitioners. Many times, these specialists will only have an incomplete picture of their patients’ conditions. Patients are often referred to more specialists, who will only examine a specified area of the their health. This compartmentalized manner of care is costly.
That’s why information sharing is critical. The integration of health services promotes better health outcomes that benefit the patients. We need accurate information from patients and specialists across network providers and areas of practice to share electronic records, known as big data.
Implemented changes to health care systems have shifted focus into outcomes rather than the fee-for-service billing systems. The challenge moving forward is using the big data to help create population-based preventative measures for better outcomes.