A dozen agencies attended “Los Angeles Innovates — Meeting New Demands for Access to Healthcare,” an event sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Health at UCLA to share what many agencies and institutions are doing to help community residents.
“The goal is to make sure we quickly adopt what is working,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System and chief executive officer for the UCLA Hospital System, who spoke to health care administrators and staff at the event. “We need to copy shamelessly from each other.”
Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System and CEO for the UCLA Hospital System, tells a gathering of health agency administrators and staffers that UCLA's goal is to share innovations in health care broadly.
The event was held in the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, which is set to open next year and features a variety of innovations, including “smart beds” that alert a nurse’s mobile device if a patient lowers the rail on a hospital bed.
Dr. Elaine Batchlor, chief executive officer of the new hospital, said she was proud to host the gathering as “innovation is the cornerstone of the work we’re doing to launch this hospital,” which is being opened in a partnership between the County of Los Angeles and the University of California.
“We want to transform health care for the community, and we’re here to learn from each other the best ways to improve our operations,” Batchlor said.
Molly Coye, UCLA’s chief innovation officer, stressed that if a program is working well at UCLA, for example, the strategy should be openly available so that health care agencies are not constantly reinventing the wheel.
“What innovation is about is taking something new that is not widely spread and spreading it further,” Coye said, adding that one such innovation designed to make end-of-life better for the elderly also reduces health care costs by 30-45 percent.
“We want to be able to ask in five years: Are people doing better? Are they getting more able to manage their own lives? Are they staying in their own homes longer? Do they have better access to care?” Coye said. “If we can decrease emergency room visits and hospitalizations and decrease health care costs, we’ll be able to reach more people who need help because we’re spending less on the patients we’re treating now.”
One such innovation shared at the event was UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, which provides comprehensive and coordinated care and services for patients. A nurse practitioner develops an individualized care plan for each patient, with referrals to neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatric specialists for consultation and medication adjustments. The goal is to help caregivers navigate the health care system and avoid costly hospitalization and emergency room visits.
The program has helped more than 700 patients to date, said Leslie Chang Evertson, a care manager in the program.
“We’ve found that the program makes patients and caregivers feel supported,” she said. “We help improve their ability to provide quality care within the home for as long as possible.”
Other programs highlighted at the event include: