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Dr. Reed Tuckson's insights from the first Project Baseline Advisory Board meeting

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Reed Tuckson

Reed Tuckson

Managing Director, Tuckson Health; Chair, Project Baseline Advisory Board

Introducing Dr. Reed Tuckson, Chairman of the Project Baseline Advisory Board

When healthcare works, it's the result of collaboration. From hospital networks to health authorities, patients, payers and more, we all share a common goal: improving outcomes. What we're not always aligned on is how to get there.

But increasingly, as a result of new partnerships, that's changing.

As a physician, I've had the opportunity to engage in nearly every domain of healthcare over the past 35 years—from clinical practice, to public health policy, to academic research, to private industry. Today, I'm encouraged to see more and more blending of expertise across these traditionally siloed areas. According to the American Hospital Association, for instance, seven in 10 hospitals and health systems will increase collaboration with other providers and payers on population health by 2023.

Because clinical studies are at the forefront of scientific discovery, I believe research can play a pivotal role in both improving patient outcomes and sparking greater collaboration in healthcare. So does Project Baseline. Recently, Project Baseline convened an Advisory Board representing the healthcare spectrum, from patient advocates and ethicists to leaders in science, public health, and research.

This Board came together for the first time last month to discuss how we close the gap between clinical research and clinical care, strategies for making healthcare data useful, and our obligations to participants and patients who engage in research. Our goal is to create an ongoing forum for sharing insights and ensuring Project Baseline stays focused on people. Here are some of the core takeaways from the discussion.

Closing the gap between research and care

Up-to-date information and clinician-focused resources on clinical studies can be difficult to find. As a Board, we discussed how researchers may be able to create a feedback loop to keep clinicians informed of the latest scientific innovations.

Making data actionable

From wearables to electronic health records and beyond, patient data is growing at a staggering pace. But as we increase our ability to capture more and more information, do we have a strategy for making it useful? Within Project Baseline, we are working to collect and organize many types of health data, from biometric data, to genomic data, to clinical data like medical images. By marrying different data sources, our hope is to break through silos to understand health in new ways.

Staying transparent and providing value to research participants

Patients are more engaged than ever in their own health. Within the United States alone, hundreds of patient advocacy groups have emerged as critical resources, especially within the rare disease community. We have a responsibility to approach participants and patients as true partners.

Each board member brought a unique perspective on approaching research in ways that truly center participants. I'm pleased to introduce them to the Project Baseline community:

About Dr. Reed Tuckson:

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP is the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business.

Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group; senior vice president for professional standards of the American Medical Association; president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; senior vice president of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

Dr. Tuckson is active on numerous public and private boards that encompass biotechnology, data and analytics, clinical research, hospital and ambulatory-based care delivery, and health policy.

Dr. Tuckson has been identified several times by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Physician Executives" in healthcare, and is active with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Medicine.

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