Tampa public experts share innovations in health care at a Senate committee hearing

This week, the Senate Committee on Health Policy hosted two panel discussions – one on the benefits of hospital care at home and the other on effective technologies health care providers can use as an alternative to emergency departments.

The Tampa Generals had an expert presence on both teams: Dr. Peter ChangVice President of Healthcare Design at Tampa General Hospital.TGH) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiology at the USF Health Morsani School of Medicine, and Dr. Jason Wilsondirector of the Division of Emergency Medicine at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and medical director of Transitions of Care for Emergency Medicine at Tampa General Hospital.

“TGH at Home is the meeting point of high technology and personalized care,” said Chang. “We are able to treat patients in the comfort of their own home, while creating efficiencies, reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.”

Tampa General launched TGH At Home in July 2022 to provide hospital-grade, high-quality clinical care to patients with low-severe conditions in the comfort of their own home. The approach combines twice-daily visits at the patient’s home with advanced technology to monitor vital signs and telehealth visits.

Based on the same criteria used in the hospital, the model has been shown to reduce exposure to infections or infectious diseases and reduce readmission risks as well as improve the patient experience.

“I deeply appreciate the unique perspective and insight provided by Dr. Peter Chang and the entire Tampa public team,” said the president. Colin Burton. “Healthcare innovation is vital to ensuring first-class patient care, and I am proud to say Florida is leading the way in innovative healthcare solutions through strategic partnerships with providers like Tampa General Hospital.”

Wilson briefed the panelists on Tampa General’s efforts to direct patients to the most effective and efficient care options available, which could be a better option for the patient than an emergency department (ED). By using alternatives, such as urgent care or telehealth, patients can benefit from receiving the right service at the right time.

Some of the paths Wilson discussed better connect the emergency department to the community so that healthcare delivery can flow more smoothly through each area of ​​care and ensure that the emergency department always has the capacity and space to treat patients in an emergency.

“The emergency department serves as a center for modern healthcare and unscheduled care,” Wilson said. “It is critical that emergency medicine participates in coordinated approaches to improve health care in Florida by helping patients get to the right place for their care.”

Wilson was part of a panel discussion about efforts to ensure patients receive care in the best place possible, whether that be physically or physically, in an emergency medical department, in an office, a mobile unit, or via telemedicine.

Tuesday’s hearing marks the first meeting of the Senate Committee on Health Policy this year. The other speakers were Michael Maniasi Mayo Clinic, Ann Clausen With Central Florida Healthcare and Daniel Drummond From Lakeland Regional Health.

Tampa Public has become a valuable resource for the legislature on health care policy issues. In 2021, the Senate turned to Tampa General Hospital to develop and implement health guidelines and infectious disease protocols for the safety of Senators, staff, media, and visitors.

Also in 2021, then-President of the Senate Wilton Simpson Take part in a celebration of Florida’s healthcare heroes at the Capitol, hosted by Tampa General Hospital.

In addition, several members of Tampa’s all-year team have been named by Gov. Ron DeSantis To serve in state councils.

Doctor. Sima WeinsteinDirector of Psychology and Neuropsychology Services at Tampa General Hospital and a member of the Psychology Board. Anmari ChavarriaChief Nursing Officer for the Tampa General, and works for the Florida Board of Nursing Center. Maja giftDirector of Pharmacy Services for Tampa General, was recently reappointed to the Board of Pharmacy. Nicole Justicesenior director of patient safety for Tampa Public, serves on the Board of Medicine.

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