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AAMC 2014: Transparency in Health Care: What it All Means


Interviewer: Why you should attend the transparency session on Monday at 3:30. That's coming up next.

Announcer: Broadcasting from the Algorithms for Innovation booth at the AAMC in Chicago. The Health Care Insider is on The Scope. University of Utah Health Sciences Radio.

Interviewer: David Entwistle is the CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, and he's going to moderate a session on Monday at 3:30 called Effective Responses to Transparency Initiatives Across Our Mission. David, what is that even about? Help me understand.

Entwistle: That is a great question. Well, I am very excited about the lineup that we have for this session, and again, how do we create transparency within our own organizations? So again, you'll have great opportunities to learn from some of the great experiences, not only within the University of Utah, but across some other great organizations.

Interviewer: Yeah, and it's that kind of knowledge in that one room from all these different cultures and experiences that might actually help you be able to figure out what should I do in my institution. Is that he hope?

Entwistle: Absolutely, I mean if you look at some of the challenges that we have in healthcare right now, and being able to learn from others who've been through some of these experiences, both successes and, again, sometimes not great successes. How do we move forward and some of the tools and, again, some of the data that you'll see that really has changed.

Entwistle: There are a lot of sessions during this time. I looked at the agenda. A lot of choices for people. Why this one?

Entwistle: Because this will be the best use of your time. No, we are really excited. We have done a great job putting together real, tangible tools that can be takeaways for people to use back in their own organizations to make some successes as we've been able to see, and as you will see from the other speakers.

Interviewer: That's a huge benefit when you can go to a session and actually take something away that you can put to use as soon as you get back to wherever you are.

Entwistle: Absolutely.

Interviewer: And that must have been a major part in the driving of putting this together, it sounds like. So the session's using something I've never heard of before. It's an interactive world cafÈ format. What exactly does that mean?

Entwistle: Well, I'm very excited about this. I recently had the opportunity to participate in one of these, and it's a way to engage individuals at your table in a very collaborative way, in which you're actually taking topics. You're able to adjudicate those as a team, talk through what are some of the individual things that you feel are more valuable, and then report back out to the group and see what the other groups came up with.

Interviewer: So it's a great way to generate a whole bunch of ideas or see if there's consensus or see if there's not consensus.

Entwistle: Absolutely, it's one of those things that allows the table to really, hopefully brainstorm in such a way that you're bringing solutions out of the group.

Interviewer: I know we've hit on this numerous times, but let's drive it home one more time. At the end of the session, when people leave, what do you hope they leave with?

Entwistle: I really hope that they will come away with, what are some of the tools that are working around the country in some great organizations that have been able to drive real change in such a way that they really take something tangible back to their organization. Also, one of the things that you look at as well, I hope that people come away with some of the things to avoid, as well, that perhaps haven't worked, and what can they do to make the most use of their time.

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By: Amy Albo

Amy Albo is a director for special initiatives and projects for University of Utah Health Sciences.