INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: DR. CLAY JOHNSTON, DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL

The future of medical education, care and research is taking shape at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, the first medical school in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top tier Association of American Universities (AAU) research university. The new Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin was created in unprecedented partnership with local taxpayers, who in 2012 voted to support a vision for better health in Austin and Travis County. That incredible connection to the community – coupled with the fact that it’s the first medical school in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a Tier 1 research university – presents an incredible opportunity to rethink the role of academic medicine in improving health.

[quote author=”Dr. Clay Johnston, MD, Inaugural Dean, Dell Medical School & Vice President of Medical Affairs, University of Texas at Austin” source=””]We’re about being an entirely new type of medical school – about taking an entirely new approach to academic medicine – and driving forward Austin as a model healthy city[/quote]

The medical school is at the heart of a burgeoning medical district in downtown Austin, and will welcome its first class of 50 students in June of 2016.

Learn more about the school’s vision for a vital, inclusive health ecosystem, and it’s mission, focused on transforming the way people get and stay healthy, at http://dellmedschool.utexas.edu.

We sat down with Dr. Clay Johnston, MD, who is the Inaugural Dean for Dell Medical School and Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss how this new approach to academic medicine is changing the game for Aging Americans.

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Why are/is you/your organization participating in the d.health Summit 2016?
Seniors represent the fastest-growing age group in the Austin area. This creates a special responsibility for health providers and government institutions in the region to ensure that the needs of this population are met. The Summit will illuminate ideas and strategies for serving the population and ensuring we’re doing all we can to help these people get healthy and stay healthy.

Tell us your disruptive innovation story. What products, projects, partnerships, or services are you working on that change the game for healthcare and/or for AgingAmericans?
Dell Medical School has taken responsibility for the health of our community, which provides critical revenue allowing us to function. We have created a Department ofPopulation Health, which will create programs and catalyze the work of partners to support the growing senior population. We also are in the process of creatingIntegrated Practice Units to ensure that care delivered to seniors in areas such as osteoarthritis is truly patient-centered and team-based.

What do you see as the single most untapped opportunity in healthcare today? (e.g.wearables, telemedicine, policy, etc.).
The focus on technology, data and value (better health outcomes at lower costs) has opened up the possibility of a transformation in health and health care, aligning services and providers around the needs of individuals. As innovators test the limits of these tools, patients and the public will benefit with treatments and experiences that are centered on them, better reflecting their health, lives and lifestyles.

What do you see as the biggest obstacle to improving healthcare for Aging Americans?
As long as the health care system is focused on paying providers for care, rather than health, it will continue to be a struggle working with patients and individuals on critical strategies that actually improve their health, rather than simply treat them when they are sick.

Paint us a picture of the healthcare delivery system for Aging Americans 5 years from today?
Technology is distributed into seniors’ homes, and teams are assigned to them as specific individuals within populations, allowing for better care that’s oriented around their needs and their lives. Routine health questions and issues will be resolved with electronic communications that take minutes, rather than doctor appointments that take hours or even multiple days. Tests will be conducted in ways and places that are more convenient to patients, teams of providers will review a range of data sources that speak to all aspects of a person’s health, and conversations with physicians will become more meaningful routine even as they become less routinized.


About Dr.Clay Johnston

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School, has an ambitious vision to build a world-class school by creating a vital, inclusive health ecosystem supporting new and innovative models of education, health care delivery and discovery. Clay is also a neurologist specializing in stroke care and research and previously served at UCSF as Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and founding director of the Center for Healthcare Value. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and received a PhD in epidemiology from UC Berkeley.[/author]

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