This opinion piece from three officers of the Tennessee Medical Association lays out the reasons why Tennessee is a “pioneer” in healthcare innovation. The authors states that quality of life and a favorable medical liability climate make the state attractive for the current and future workforce, while the move towards increased collaboration, patient-centered medical homes, and a focus on population health management create a healthcare delivery system that reduces silos and provides the foundation for practice transformation.
However, the article does note issues with workforce, some of which are similarly seen in Delaware: “we must also work on recruiting and retaining more doctors to Tennessee to help offset the impending physician shortage that threatens access to care. Inadequate graduate medical education funding is the biggest barrier to keeping the best and brightest at home.”
Delaware is also establishing itself as a state leader in healthcare innovation and practice transformation. Similar to Tennessee, the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) is focused on creating healthier neighborhoods, moving towards a value-based payment system, engaging patients more in the medical process, data integration, and transforming both the educational system and clinical practices. For more information please visit us at https://www.dehealthinnovation.org/.