Healthcare leaders participating in the Thought Leaders workshop at the APAC Forum 2016 agreed on five key initiatives for healthcare improvement.
Despite the proliferation of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare, leaders struggle to identify which initiatives work, in which context, and how to implement them in their own healthcare systems. Achieving consensus among healthcare leaders on what should be implemented is a key part of the challenge.
The Thought Leaders workshop brought together 24 healthcare system chairs, CEOs, quality officers, policy advisors and academic experts to agree on their top five areas of focus for healthcare system improvement. Leaders at the workshop identified five key initiatives, why these were important, and how they could be implemented.
The five areas of focus identified were:
- Be disruptive and embrace change
- Train people to work in teams
- Ensure patients, families and staff are equal partners in health and wellbeing
- Make funding value-based, not output-based, and linked to service reliability and consistency
- Make equity a key concern.
“This is what leaders would bring to a decision-making table in an ideal world, if given broad scope and capacity to make policy and organisational changes to improve healthcare systems. It draws on their experience in the field, as well as their personal knowledge and experience of what is required to drive healthcare improvement,” says Ko Awatea Director Jonathon Gray, who commissioned the study of the leaders’ views.
The study was led by Luis Villa, Ko Awatea Research & Evaluation Manager, in collaboration with Stuart Barson and Professor Robin Gauld from the University of Otago Business School.
A white paper summarising the key points is available on the Ko Awatea website.