In 2019, our Connect with Partners stories considered health care and medicine from many angles, uncovering advances and opportunities for innovation in patient care and systemic quality improvement across Partners HealthCare. Though we offered insights for people across every walk of life—young, old, maintaining wellness, or battling chronic illness—the stories that stand out are those that bring to light the particular experiences of patient subsets, including those at risk for certain genetic conditions or vulnerable to gaps in care.

Here are some of those stories, selected based on the most site views by our audiences.

1. Educational Opportunities, Specialty Care Bring Health Equity to Native Americans

Through multiple touchpoints, initiatives developed by Partners Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician Thomas Sequist, MD, help deliver quality specialty care to Native American communities while encouraging more of those communities’ members to pursue careers in medicine and research.

2. With More Than 100,000 Participants, Partners Biobank Is Meeting Its Research Mission

A participation milestone reached by the Partners Biobank gave it distinction as the nation’s largest, while unlocking new opportunities to exploit its data for the sake of research that enhances the understanding and treatment of disease.

3. Setting a Harmful Precedent: Proposed Rollback of Transgender Protections

Our Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer explained why Trump administration efforts to rollback protections for transgender patients would unfairly limit their access to quality care while opening the door toward discrimination of other populations.

4. Keeping Care Accountable for Medicare Patients

New patient-centered care efforts unrolled through Partners’ participation in the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Next Generation ACO Model are targeting long-term care management that leads to better value care for at-risk Medicare patients.

5. Partners HealthCare Hospitals Earn High Marks from U.S. News & World Report

Our leadership in patient care delivered at Partners member hospitals, including and beyond the above population efforts, earned recognition by U.S. News & World Report for excellence across specialties.

As we bid farewell to 2019, we look forward to continued work in this space in 2020, to highlight the ways Partners caregivers and researchers are enhancing health for individuals while improving quality of life for everyone.

Topics: community, Patient Experience, Global Impact

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