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Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron Begins Work on Roadmap for First U.S. Accountable Care Community
Date:6/22/2011

y focusing on chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, asthma and hypertension, and integrating the efforts of health-focused community organizations, community wellness and quality of life increases. Additionally, ACCs lower healthcare costs and increase productivity thus benefitting the local economy.

The development of an ACC speaks to the principles that ABIA was founded upon, which includes the aspiration to be nationally distinct in improving health outcomes with a focus upon the medically underserved.

"The goal of the ACC is to create a sustainable health model in Akron that can then be adapted and delivered in other communities," says Janosky.

The initiative's steering committee continues to develop a white paper to further guide Akron's development of an ACC that will further expand the efficiency of budgets and resources, and develop research to improve health through community and practice-based interventions.

About the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) – an exceptional collaboration of Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy), Summa Health System, The University of Akron and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – is focused on patient-centered innovation and commercialization at the intersection of biomaterials and medicine. The strategic alignment of public and private support, accompanied with Akron's rich legacy in materials science, is working to pioneer the next generation of life-enhancing and life-saving innovation that will transform Akron into a model for biomedical discovery and enterprise and move the region toward a secure economic future by accelerating the creation of over 2,000 jobs during the next decade. For more information about ABIA, please visit '/>"/>

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