Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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O p p o r t u n i t y MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 39 How strategic partnerships can benefi t outpatient healthcare facilities BY STEPHEN WINIKOFF & STEVEN STAFFORD The Golisano Center's primary care clinic operates extended evening hours to improve access to care. The lobby includes a café and computer workstations, in addition to a variety of seating options and activities. As U.S. healthcare continues its evolution toward a value-based and consumer- centric model, health systems are growing more responsible for population health management and rethinking care delivery strategies. One emerging strategy health systems are testing across the country is a growing focus and reliance on strategic partnerships. When leveraged appro- priately, strategic partnerships can help health systems better manage population health by addressing the social determi- nants of health, strengthen their contin- uum of care and achieve improved health outcomes. It's possible outpatient facilities and their care teams are experiencing the greatest pressure resulting from this shift. At its core, population health strives to keep people healthy and out of an inpa- tient care center. This reality inherently requires our nation's outpatient clinics to be remarkably effi cient and eff ective. Given this reality, strategic partnerships can prove an even stronger option for these types of health facilities. The key to success with community partnerships ultimately boils down to research, strategy and design. Health systems should not just seek partnerships without a strong business case for how each will help them enhance their care delivery and aff ect positive outcomes. Making sound strategic decisions that will generate ROI requires systems to under- stand what's driving this shift toward population health, barriers and oppor- tunities connected to the shift, and also learning from peer examples. It also means Necessity & Opportunity

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