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As the health economy transforms, health systems turn to their strategy leaders

by Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

Eight questions for Providence St. Joseph Health’s chief strategy officer

In a rapidly changing health ecosystem, many hospitals and health systems are relying on strategy leaders to help navigate shrinking margins, aggressive competitors, value-based payment models, and increased consumer demands. The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions recently surveyed more than 60 health care strategy leaders (CSOs) from health systems and health plans—and conducted interviews with 10 more to learn more about this increasingly influential position.

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Targeted cancer therapies are the next frontier of treatment, but room to innovate and improve chemotherapy in the mean time

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

It is exciting to learn about new discoveries and breakthroughs in cancer treatment. Certainly the research community has made great strides in both prevention and treatment. The field of immunotherapy is striving to make the patient’s immune system fight back against cancer cells. Researchers have found that combining drugs with different targets can have positive results,

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Embracing ongoing change in hospital quality measurement

by David Betts, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “to improve is to change, [but] to be perfect is to change often.” Organizations that hope to navigate uncertainty in health care might wish that the pace of change would slow – or disappear altogether. Unfortunately, neither of those scenarios is likely. If the last nine months are any indication,

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Outcomes measurement in the modern era: A hospital imperative

by Claire Cruse, Health Policy Manager, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

The so-called “father of outcomes management” – Ernest Codman – began developing ways to standardize and track patient results in the early 1900s. Dr. Codman pioneered the outcomes movement, using what he called “End Results Cards” to document demographic, diagnosis, and treatment data on each patient he treated.

Today, his legacy lives on in many ways,

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Needed: Next generation strategies around prevention and healthy behaviors

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

That smoking or being obese is associated with poor health outcomes is not exactly breaking news. But last week, Health Affairs featured a study that for the first time looks at the extent to which risky behaviors (smoking, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol) collectively impact the health and life expectancy of the US population,

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