The Austin community has a once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink health and ask: How can we help people live healthier, better lives? The answer requires reshaping our medical landscape and ensuring that it is informed by and connected to a broader ecosystem of community partners and resources. New relationships must be forged. New incentive structures and definitions of success must be determined. Leaders must be relentless visionaries. Driving measurable outcomes that matter to real people must remain a central focus. If this can be done, Austin will become a model for other communities hoping to create health transformation centered around value for patients and families.
The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, in concert with the Dell Seton Medical Center, aims to develop an unprecedented education for a new kind of physician leader—an outstanding patient-centered doctor who thinks about larger systems of health. Physicians who are more connected to the community. More interested in providing value to patients, communities, and populations. More committed to promoting wellness and preventing illness. More in tune with health care policy and how it affects the value they are able to deliver.
We’ve funded the Dell Pediatric Research Institute to better understand the relationship between childhood health and chronic disease– from causes to cures. We’ve also extended our efforts to combat these chronic diseases by funding the Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas offers world-class researchers and clinicians a home to study public health strategies. Our additional investment in efforts within the Departments of Population Health and Psychiatry at Dell Medical School partners with community residents and community-based organizations to address barriers to health and identify solutions that are more likely to succeed in the local contexts they navigate each day.
We believe our neighbors will benefit from the relationship between physicians and the community, the health data systems they use to communicate and the various stakeholders who join us. Most importantly, we believe the work of our local partners, and the outcomes they achieve, will inspire in other geographies to rethink what health means in their communities, too.