Innovation, Hands On
Even as Dell Med teams develop and test new models of care focused on value, our faculty and resident physicians play a vital, everyday role in making care accessible to all Central Texans. Here’s how.
The Safety Net
In collaboration with Ascension Seton, 346 residents — physicians in training — provided 700,000+ hours of care at 75+ clinics and hospitals over the last year.
This includes 500,000+ hours of care at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek and Central Health-affiliated CommUnityCare Health Centers.
Dell Med added 21 new residency and fellowship programs in 2021, bringing the total to 44. Among the new arrivals are maternal-fetal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and cardiovascular disease.
Graduate medical education programs at Dell Med follow a common Advancing Care Transformation curriculum, focused on value-based health care, quality improvement, equity and leadership.
Expanding Specialty Care
Dell Med expands specialty care locally by attracting faculty physicians who bring important clinical focus to Central Texas.
The Texas Center for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease — a partnership between UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Med, and Dell Children’s led by Charles Fraser Jr., M.D. — performed the first heart transplant at Dell Children’s in 2020.
A street team known as the M3 Team, made up of faculty and staff from Dell Med, CommUnityCare and Integral Care, cares for chronically homeless patients with persistent medical conditions, substance use disorders and severe mental illnesses.
Through persistent case management, including health care and social service engagement, the care team saw a 44% drop in ER and crisis visits and navigated 25 individuals into housing last year.
In partnership with CommUnityCare, a federally qualified health center, Dell Med continues its work to expand primary and specialty care access for uninsured patients in a variety of ways, including e-consults and telehealth appointments — two significant innovations implemented during the pandemic.
A new model allows CommUnityCare primary care physicians to better serve patients by directly integrating GI specialty consultations into appointments, resulting in 70% of patients receiving the help they need without a second appointment.
More than 2,630 patients received these “e-consults” in the last year, and emergency department usage and hospitalization, when measured 30 days after the consults, have dropped significantly.