As baby boomers age, America has to find better ways to ensure that everyone has access to excellent health care – whenever and wherever they need it, says Paul Tang, M.D., the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) chief innovation and technology officer.
He is heading up an exciting new project that looks at how relationships can be forged in communities to improve the quality of life and health of Americans. The focus goes beyond treating injury or illness at the doctor’s office or hospital. It includes keeping people healthy, happy and independent at home as they age.
“To reform America’s health care system, we must rethink everything,” he says. “That includes reinventing our role in sustaining the health of our communities. We’re out to create a partnership with our communities around health, not just health care.”