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Notes on Health Care Transformation (or, Getting Medical and Technological Advancements in Synch)

Aired on Monday, June 3rd.

When medical experts, analysts, and researchers speak of "health care transformation" --- and the phrase has become increasingly common in certain circles --- they're referring to ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes, increase access to health/medical services, and enhance the way(s) in which care is delivered. Such efforts are meant to better connect scientific discovery, health care delivery, and reimbursement for health services. It's all about patient-centric care --- and much of it, as with so many things in our world today, comes down to technology. (Think of patients conferring with their docs via e-mail or Skype,  as one example, and you're getting the basic idea.) Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa on Health is Dr. Paul Grundy, who is the Global Director of Health Care Transformation for IBM as well as the President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Dr. Grundy will be the keynote speaker at a Health Care Transformation Conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday the 4th, on the campus of OU-Tulsa (at 41st and Yale). This event, which begins at 11:30am, is being co-presented by the Community Service Council of Tulsa and the locally-based MyHealth Access Network. It's free to public, but registration is required. (Information on registering can be accessed at this link, and you'll find a general-infomation PDF flyer for this conference here.)

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