The word we like to use is ‘ecosystem.’ Our focus is on enabling an entire ecosystem to improve health.
– Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean for Strategy and Partnerships
Campus doctors and engineers at universities across the U.S. are building creative partnerships and forging new paths to innovation. The Dell Medical School is one of them, as demonstrated by a recent story by Modern Healthcare.
The article notes that the Dell Medical School plans to “collaborate with numerous institutions on campus, including the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, Cockrell School of Engineering, LBJ School of Public Affairs, McCombs School of Business, and the schools of communication, education, law, liberal arts, pharmacy, nursing and social work” – to name a few.
Creating meaningful partnerships like these provides a foundation on which a vital, inclusive health ecosystem can be built. For Austin to really become a model healthy city, however, we must look well beyond campus and deep into our community – connecting with organizations that share a common vision:
“Academic medicine, community doctors, non-profits, public health entities, governments & people must all work together” #HealthRevolution
— Dell Medical School (@DellMedSchool) January 23, 2015
Through collaborations and support from established Austin-area partners like the Seton Healthcare Family, Central Health, The University of Texas System, Huston-Tillotson University, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Dell Medical School will “seed initiatives and provide a framework so that everyone in Austin and Travis County can plug in and participate,” as Dr. Kahlon noted in another feature in MedTech Boston.
These community-focused partnerships allow the Dell Medical School to make “connections between academic medicine and the surrounding community to improve health outcomes, [so that Austin can] create a model that’s scaleable to the nation and hopefully to the world.”
We’ll continue to tap into Austin’s community and entrepreneurial spirit to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem – allowing for everyone from doctors and health officials to social workers and grocery store designers to put their ideas to work — making Austin a model healthy city.
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— MedTech Boston (@MedTechBoston) January 26, 2015