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P4 Medicine institute, PeaceHealth Launch Partnership to Pilot New Model in Health Care

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​PeaceHealth and the P4 Medicine institute (P4Mi) announced a partnership that will ultimately give PeaceHealth providers additional innovative care tools and technologies to predict and potentially delay and/or avoid disease in patients through breakthroughs in genome mapping and molecular diagnostics.

The P4 Medicine institute selected PeaceHealth, a regional health care system serving rural, suburban and urban communities in Alaska, Washington and Oregon, as its founding community health partner.

“This is where innovation and cutting-edge science truly joins the mainstream in service to improving the health of individuals and communities,” said Peter Adler, PeaceHealth’s Senior Vice President for Strategy, Innovation and Development.

“Over time, we hope to take rapidly emerging P4Mi health and wellness innovations and integrate them into everyday interactions between PeaceHealth providers and their patients to better predict, prevent and treat disease,” he added. “As the founding community member of the P4 Medicine institute, we will have an opportunity to better engage both patients and their caregivers in making personal choices that will make a difference in one’s future health status and outcomes.”

P4Mi is a Seattle-based non-profit established in 2010. P4 Medicine – shorthand for medicine that is Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory – utilizes advances in genomics and molecular diagnostics that have the potential to predict and prevent illness before it occurs, focus on health and wellness, and place patients, families and communities at the center of care. PeaceHealth will join two current P4Mi member institutions who direct P4Mi’s work in advancing P4 Medicine through their participation in P4Mi’s board of directors: the Seattle-based Institute for System Biology (ISB) and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

“Bringing PeaceHealth on as our founding community health partner is a critical step in moving P4Mi innovations forward,” said Dr. Leroy Hood, chairman of P4Mi’s board of directors and ISB co-founder and president, whose discoveries have permanently changed the course of biology and revolutionized the understanding of genetics, life and human health.

“PeaceHealth has a long, successful history and mission of improving the health of patients and communities, and P4Mi is leveraging systems approaches and pioneering technologies that can further support PeaceHealth’s mission and further improve how wellness and illness are managed. PeaceHealth will help us integrate emerging biologic science into community-based care models, and make innovations in wellness and health accessible to whole communities.”

PeaceHealth and P4Mi leaders will soon identify P4 pilot projects that will be launched over the next two years in PeaceHealth medical practices and communities.

“By understanding an individual’s genomic and molecular signature, the precepts of P4 Medicine will help transition from our one-size-fits all, illness-based care models, to highly proactive and personalized wellness care,” said Mauricio Flores, P4Mi executive director.

He pointed out,”By being highly effective and individualized, P4 Medicine will engage and support patients and families toward actively owning and participating in their health care decisions and behaviors.”

PeaceHealth joins academic health care partner Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) in the P4 Medicine consortium. OSUWMC is both payer and provider of health care services to its 55,000 employees and health plan members.

“Partnerships with organizations like PeaceHealth reinforce The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s commitment to improve people’s lives through personalized health care,” says Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, OSUWMC CEO. “Only when patients are fully engaged in their health care can we significantly improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

“Dr. Clay Marsh, executive director of the Center for Personalized Health Care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and P4Mi board member, along with Dr. Gabbe, added that ‘P4 Medicine will change the health care paradigm from disease to wellness and encourage physicians and scientists to accelerate discovery to application to change health care delivery – PeaceHealth’s focus on community health, connectedness between patients and community health care resources, and patient activation adds a critical new dimension to this crucial effort.’”

“Our challenge is to engage our families and communities in ways which effectively change our choices and our behaviors—before diseases occur,” added Dr. Marc Pierson, who leads the new PeaceHealth Center for Healthcare Innovation. “The health care industry demands that providers have the right technology and the best information at their fingertips to effectively support the care of their patients and communities. Serving as the founding P4Mi community health partner promises, over time, to significantly strengthen PeaceHealth’s ability to further improve health care outcomes and lower costs.”

The PeaceHealth Center for Health Care Innovation, scheduled to begin operations in July 2012, will prioritize both “focus” and “spread” of innovation, with an intentional bias toward those innovations that further attainment of the Triple Aim (Improve Experience, Improve Health of Populations, and Reduce Cost of Care).

Source: PeaceHealth