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IOM Summit Provides Models for Health Reform
Date:2/27/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Before one of the largest and most diverse audience ever assembled at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public held this week brought forth emerging strategies for addressing some of the major problems with our current health care system. The goal: improved care for less cost.

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As Congress and the Obama Administration tackle issues related to escalating health care costs and the rising incidence of chronic disease, distinguished scientists, leading clinicians, top policy experts and industry leaders articulated principles and practices from integrative medicine that could form the basis for effective health care reform.

Integrative medicine is an approach to health care that places the patient at the center of care, focuses on prevention and wellness, and attends to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the person. "What we have now is a 'sick care' system that is reactive to problems," said Ralph Snyderman, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University School of Medicine and Summit Chair. "The integrative approach flips the system on its head and puts the patient at the center, addressing not just symptoms, but the causes of illness. It is care that is preventive, predictive and personalized."

The 600 plus participants at the Summit discussed how advancing technology is finally allowing health professionals to understand the mechanisms by which many integrative medicine interventions, such as mind-body medicine, work. "Genomics and advanced imaging technologies such as MRI are validating mechanisms for integrative health care approaches that were difficult to prove before," said Mimi Guarneri, M.D., Founder and Medical Director of Scripps Center for
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