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Redesigning Healthcare: Purpose & Meaning [1901]

As stated by the National Academy of Medicine, “the disease-driven approach to care has resulted in spiraling costs as well as a fragmented health system that is reactive and episodic as well as inefficient and impersonal.” Now the nation faces an opioid crisis, which is a tragic symptom of the very limitations of our current find-it/fix-it medical approach. Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. The pain and suffering of so many, as well as the state of our country’s health and well-being, have created a moral imperative that can no longer be ignored. It is time to radically re-envision and redesign health care. To shift from a disease management system to a system designed to empower and equip people to take charge of their health, healing, and well-being, requires a bold transformation in healthcare. The VA has been driving this transformation and has developed a model for the Whole Health System.

Faculty: Tracy Gaudet, MD

Faculty Disclosures: This speaker has no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Delineate the core drivers for the transformation of health care
  2. Define the critical elements of a health care system that is designed to empower and equip people to optimize their health and well-being
  3. Describe examples of current demonstrations of this approach and lessons learned

CME/CEU Credits:
  1. Physicians: maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  2. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation.
Physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content and complete the activity evaluation, followed by the post-test online during the subscription period.

This course is CME-eligible for a 2-year period ending on June 24, 2022. After the two-year time period, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.