AMSURG CIO Participates in NIH Think Tank

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AMSURG Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eric Thrailkill, participated in a National Institute of Health (NIH) Corporate Healthcare Leaders’ Think Tank Panel on “Advancing the Science of Delivery.”

The panel was sponsored by the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH, with the goal to identify ways in which public and private partnerships could be created to accelerate the time frame between the publishing of scientific research of proven-effective clinical practices to deliver high-quality care in a cost-effective manner and the actual delivery of that care to the entire population. Currently, there is an estimated 17-20 year gap from published healthcare research to widespread adoption. This goal is part of the broader Triple Aim initiative developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to optimize health system performance by improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

Thrailkill participated with executives, both administrative and clinical, from Kaiser Permanente, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Merck, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Pfizer, among others from private healthcare industries. In addition, representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS), and NIH also participated.

The discussion focused on advancing research in implementation science areas, leveraging the findings from the CTRIS and discussing various methods to accelerate from “what we know” to “what we do” in various aspects of healthcare. Thrailkill prepared for the meeting with significant input from AMSURG colleagues including:

  • Gerald Maccioli, M.D. – Chief Quality Officer
  • Barbara Hanania – Division President, Operations
  • Jillian Wright – Regional Vice President, Operations
  • Kathy Wilson – Vice President, Quality
  • Sarah Martin – Vice President, Clinical Services
  • Charles Logan – Associate Vice President, Clinical Services

The findings of the panel will be published with recommendations to increase research funding from public and private sources to accelerate the benefits of promoting scientific research aimed at producing healthier populations at lower per capita costs. In addition, recommendations to the NIH to host workshops to discuss implementation research initiatives are currently under consideration.

“The entire experience was very beneficial to AMSURG and a pleasure to participate in,” Thrailkill said. “There are so many partnership and research opportunities available to recognize the framework factors of our organizational structure to ensure acceleration of programs and services for the benefit of the patients we serve. The pace of innovation in medical technologies, combined with the pace of innovation in information technology, sets the stage for new approaches to implementation to allow AMSURG to continue to be at the forefront of Triple Aim initiatives.”