New Platform Fosters Collaboration to Succeed Under Accountable Care

A new collaborative platform has launched to educate clinicians and healthcare organization executives about innovations in healthcare delivery and to share information within organizations to improve communication and understanding between those conducting the business of healthcare and those delivering the care.

The platform, from the NEJM Group that includes the New England Journal of Medicine, is called NEJM Catalyst. It features live web seminars, daily blogs, white papers, case studies, video presentations, a digital newsletter and the exchange of ideas. Advisors for live seminars will be editors of a NEJM sub journal and will facilitate dialogue to get the pulse of the community and then deliver pertinent information.

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Under accountable care, physicians are feeling a loss of autonomy and are frustrated by the requirements being put on them, says Chris Lynch, vice president of publishing at NEJM Group. However, physicians also recognize the need for them to be leaders of the transformation, and the platform will support projects and teams. Consequently, the platform “becomes a forum and a catalyst,” Lynch adds.

Services of the platform will focus on four themes: the new healthcare marketplace, patient engagement, care redesign and leadership. “Each theme has an external advisor who is an authority within the healthcare industry and has successfully implemented change in his or her own organization,” according to an explanation from NEJM. Theme leaders include:

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, Providence Health Services; Leemore Dafny, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Director of Health Enterprise Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; and Stephen Swensen, MD, Medical Director for Leadership and Organization Development, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

NEJM also will offer an “Insight Council” of healthcare leaders who will be regularly surveyed on industry issues with trends gleaned and published. For now, there is no cost to join NEJM Catalyst, although Lynch sees the possibility down the road to get sponsors for events and maybe implement a subscription model. It is possible that sponsorships may be sought in 2016, but he doesn’t foresee for-pay services until 2017 or beyond. More information is available here.

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