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Dr. Louis Sullivan's 'Symphony of Health Care Delivery' Stresses Importance of Communication, Quality Research in Health Care
Date:10/2/2007

Former HHS Secretary Joins Dallas Business Leaders to Highlight Need for

Increased Communication in America's Health System

DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will meet today with community leaders from the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH) to address health care reform and introduce his "Symphony of Health Care Delivery," which highlights options to improve the effective delivery of health care in the United States.

Dr. Sullivan believes that the best, most appropriate way for patients to receive care is through a "Symphony of Health Care Delivery," with the doctor acting as the conductor. Each aspect of the "symphony" must be transparent, with patients and health care providers having access to full information. Deviating from this approach, Dr. Sullivan believes, leads to discordant, "off key" health care results for patients.

"In any relationship, open communication is integral to success. In medicine, the relationship between a physician and their patient is crucial to determining what is best for each individual patient and overall quality of care," said Dr. Sullivan. "Individual patients have different needs and care should be driven by those needs, not by costs."

In today's health care marketplace, many vital treatment decisions are being made based upon, private studies with no public understanding of how the research was conducted or evaluated. Dr. Sullivan will focus on the need to increase the openness and awareness of research on cost and quality-driven health outcomes. In the "Symphony of Health Care Delivery," doctors, patients, and other interested parties should be directly involved in the generation of research and the evaluations of findings. In addition, Dr. Sullivan believes health information should be communicated in ways that are understandable to all stakeholders and presented in a
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