Dell Med Snapshot (July 2020)
More than five years in, Dell Medical School’s work and partnerships continue to benefit the people of Travis County and Central Texas.
By the Numbers
Working With Partners to Improve & Expand Care
Improving Access to Specialty Care
Dell Med faculty collaborated with CommUnityCare to redesign gastroenterology specialty care through e-consults and same-day referrals. This improved access for 4,100+ patients, eliminated the waitlist for care and achieved cost savings by making it possible for 75% of patients to avoid a clinic visit.
Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness
A mobile care team from Dell Med, CommUnityCare and Integral Care is providing integrated care to people experiencing homelessness where they are, including working with Austin Public Health and partners to rapidly identify COVID-19 clusters, testing 700+ individuals so far.
Reimagining Mental Health
Dell Med is leading a collaborative effort with Texas Health and Human Services to redesign the Austin State Hospital. With 1 in 5 Texans experiencing a mental health condition each year, this effort is part of a statewide continuum of care supported by the Texas Legislature. Phase I construction at the ASH campus is underway.
Driving Health Outside the Clinic
Factor Health is catalyzing a new business of health by collaborating with community-based organizations such as Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, Youth Rise Texas and Lone Star Circle of Care, along with Medicaid-managed care organizations, to identify, prove and pay for drivers of health outside traditional health care settings.
Increasing Research Funding
More than $73 million in state and federal funding has been awarded to 83 Dell Med academic medical scientists to advance discoveries in cancer, brain health and other pressing health issues. The goal is to support collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts to accelerate translating research findings into benefit for patients.
Students, Faculty & Staff
Collaboratively Strengthening Our Health Ecosystem
Cancer Prevention & Care
Broad and collaborative cancer-focused efforts are part of Dell Med’s strong cancer prevention, care and control program.
With support from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), cancer prevention efforts include:
- Mailing at-home colorectal cancer screening kits to 33,000+ CommUnityCare patients and successfully screening 6,900 (part of a multi-faceted campaign in coordination with CUC that doubled the colorectal cancer screening rate);
- Working with CUC to implement lung cancer screening and a smoking cessation program for high-risk adult patients; and
- Implementing screening and treatment services at CUC and Lone Star Circle of Care to reduce alcohol misuse, a top risk factor for cancer.
Dell Med convened the Central Texas Addressing Cancer Together coalition (CTX-ACT), made up of 35+ local cancer-focused organizations, to coordinate regional cancer care, including a mobile mammography program to reach people who are uninsured.
Pediatric Specialty Care Programs
In collaboration with Ascension Seton and Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Med and UT Health Austin are supporting the expansion of pediatric specialty programs in multiple areas.
A new, federally funded project is advancing regional and national efforts to improve the readiness of community and rural hospitals to deliver high-quality emergency care for children.
As part of its Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Dell Children’s announced a new Pediatric Heart Transplant Program staffed by Dell Med faculty, making it the first hospital in Central Texas (and only the third in Texas) to provide this life-saving complex surgery.
A growing pediatric neuroscience program is elevating care in Central Texas for treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, spina bifida, movement disorders, autism, stroke and other issues such as headaches and brain tumors. This includes a new Spanish-language pediatric epilepsy clinic staffed entirely by Spanish-speaking physicians, nurses and psychologists.