"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mastering Disruptive Innovation

It is nice to know that we have arrived as a health care industry leader at WMHS.  The other day, I received a solicitation for a seminar, "Disruptive Innovation: Creating the Healthcare Systems of the Future." The purpose of the seminar is to get the health care industry to change how they do business, but at an accelerated pace.  We have been well aware at WMHS that organizations can't succeed in a fee-for-service environment going forward and they must ensure that value-based care becomes their immediate focus.

Forward thinking organizations such as WMHS have already disrupted the status quo in a very dramatic way.  Actually, we did it two and a half years ago when we became a part of the Maryland Total Patient Revenue demonstration project.  It took a great deal of work to get everyone on board with such a dramatic change.  We have changed the way that we care for our patients with a focus on the triple aim of healthcare reform: reducing cost; enhancing quality and improving the health of our patients as well as the population in general.  We have educated our employees, our board members and our medical staff.  We are now in the process of educating our community as part of our campaign, "Meeting the Challenge of Health Care Change."   It is very cool to go to meetings and talk about what we have done at WMHS related to disrupting the status quo through innovative processes and new technologies.

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