Tom Robertson, Executive Director of the Vizient Research Institute and Will Ferniany, CEO of the UAB Health System return to discuss a possible role for genomics in reducing health inequities, the shortage of mental health resources, Will’s thoughts on national investments in public health and education, and their shared view that macroeconomic systemic change is unavoidable in the long term.
Will Ferniany, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System
Vizient Research Institute
[0:34] Global budgeting
[03:15] Health inequities
[04:25] Healthy Alabama 2030
[5:11] Alabama Genomics Initiative to improve treatment of minority populations in the state
[05:46] Mental health
[07:28] America health care is in the sickness industry, not in the health industry. Resources come when organizations care for the sick.
[8:00] Suggestions: 1. Invest in public health and education; 2. Pay hospitals based on total cost to get the patient at highest level of life function
[10:00] Defining health care as a public good
[10:54] Leaders of health care organizations has to be willing to disrupt the industry before health care reaches its breaking point
Links | Resources:
Dr. Will Ferniany’s bio Click here
UAB Medicine: About UAB Click here