Redesigning Clinical Care
Health care costs are astronomical. Many don’t get the care they need, or receive treatments that would be unnecessary if prevention were prioritized. And the economic model is wrong: doctors and hospitals often are paid not for helping patients get and stay healthy, but for intervening when longstanding health challenges become crises.
Dell Medical School is helping to change this, redesigning care in a way that’s centered on people and that rewards value.
Dell Med’s approach is defined by an interest in understanding the goals of the unique individual receiving care and creating person-centered teams of health care professionals prepared to support these goals.
Improvement only happens when outcomes are measurable and when measurement is prioritized, which is why we’re committed to it. Our primary measure of success? Helping people reach their goals.
Better outcomes at lower costs — the definition of value-based health care — will require that traditional fee-for-service payment models be replaced by methods that reward prevention and early intervention. Dell Med is a leader in this movement.
The effort is led by faculty and other medical school experts from the Design Institute for Health and Value Institute for Health and Care, working alongside thought leaders in the community. The result is new models of care that patients are experiencing now in Austin and Travis County — and that people across the country and around the world will benefit from as new ways of doing things are tested and proven in Central Texas.
UT Health Austin
Dell Med’s approach to care is in practice at UT Health Austin, which treats specialty conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, joint pain and gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is also home to WorkLife clinics and is the primary point of care for the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences.
In addition to its on-site services, UT Health Austin is building a network that includes the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a focused heart program led by Charles Fraser Jr., M.D., that leverages the power of the partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Med, the greater UT Austin community, and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Dell Med faculty, joined by physicians in residency, also practice in community settings across Central Texas.
At Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the primary teaching hospital affiliated with Dell Med, up-and-coming doctors complete their training, providing care to patients under the supervision of faculty. In addition, Dell Seton joins CommUnityCare Health Centers and Integral Care (where the chief medical officers are part of the Dell Med faculty) as a place where shared leadership brings a common focus to improvement. The chairs of Dell Med’s departments of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Women’s Health and Psychiatry are all heads of Ascension Seton’s service lines in their areas of specialization.
Dell Med faculty and residents also provide care at CommUnity Care and People’s Community Clinic, and Dell Med students join with volunteer physicians, medical students from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and UT Austin nursing and pre-health undergraduate students to staff the C.D. Doyle Clinic, which provides care for un- and underinsured patients, particularly those experiencing homelessness.