Health Leaders Announce Initiative Bringing Diverse Voices Together to Tackle Critical Healthcare Innovation Issues

This press release is an announcement submitted by Health Leadership Council, and was not written by Diabetes Health.

Aug 6, 2010

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) - a coalition of chief executives representing all sectors of American healthcare - announced the formation of the National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI), a forum in which leaders from private sector healthcare, government, academia and patient and consumer organizations can work toward consensus on the most important issues affecting healthcare innovation.

The NDHI will convene a Summit on Physician-Industry Collaboration on October 4 in Washington DC, the first of a series of planned forums.

Co-chaired by David Barrett, M.D., CEO of the Lahey Clinic, and Bill Hawkins, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, NDHI will bring together the broad spectrum of leaders and organizations involved in healthcare delivery and policy for candid, transparent discussions of medical innovation in the United States, its importance and the opportunities and challenges affecting its progress.

Announcing the formation of NDHI, HLC President Mary R. Grealy said, "Throughout the health reform debate, the aspect of American healthcare often overlooked was innovation. There has been an insufficient focus on how we can continue to develop and deliver new lifesaving medicines, technologies and healthcare practices to patients.

"With this new initiative, we want to avoid the political rancor that has too often been a part of health policy debates.  We're going to bring together leaders who have diverse points of view but the same goal - encouraging the innovations that help people live longer, healthier lives."

Ms. Grealy added, "Whether the NDHI focuses on physician-industry collaboration or Medicare reimbursement policies or product liability laws, our goal is to move away from gridlock and stalemate and move toward shared approaches to 21st century innovative health care."

Dr. Barrett said, "If our healthcare system is to move toward improved quality and greater cost-efficiency, then continued medical innovation must play a critical role.  To achieve a sustainable, affordable, innovative future for American healthcare, we need all stakeholders - from patients to providers to manufacturers to policymakers - involved in forging that path."

Mr. Hawkins said, "I am excited that so many leaders from across the healthcare innovation ecosystem - physicians, academicians, industry, policy makers, patients and others - are coming together through the NDHI to find ways to optimize innovation for the benefit of patients.  As the coalition's first event, the October summit will provide an ideal environment to ensure that principled collaboration is preserved and enhanced for the benefit of patients."

Moderated by Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the Summit on Physician-Industry Collaboration will be held October 4 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and will discuss the importance of physician collaboration as a vehicle for healthcare innovation and improvements in patient care.  The forum will further the dialogue on how best to ensure that real or perceived conflicts of interest can be minimized and do not negatively impact quality healthcare.

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Source: NHDI press release

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