CCA at HUBweek: “Meeting demand through non-traditional new approaches to care”

September 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

This week, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Chief Medical Officer Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil, presented at HUBWeek’s “Synaptic Gap: 21st Century Brain Science Meets Mental Health Treatment and Policy.” During the day-long forum, Dr. Ajayi spoke on the panel “Meeting demand through non-traditional new approaches to care” along with Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, Emma Stanton, BM, MRCPsych, MBA, of Beacon Health Options, and Sara Wakeman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital.

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When discussing mental health care and addiction, Dr. Ajayi stressed the importance of ownership by physicians and said this is vital as “We have the same opportunities [to achieve success] in the treatment of substance use disorders that we do with other chronic diseases, like diabetes. We in Primary Care can make a real difference in caring for patients who struggle with addiction, and it’s not acceptable to say that it’s somebody else’s problem.”

Dr. Ajayi went on to highlight how important it is to foster integration between medical and behavioral health providers, similar to what we do at CCA, to ensure patients get what they need, emphasizing that this is crucial for healthcare systems of the future.

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The panelists also discussed how technology is improving and advancing healthcare, the importance of reducing stigma around mental health and substance use, ways to foster improved team-work and collaboration amongst health professionals, metrics for evaluation of mental health outcomes, and models for caring for individuals with severe persistent mental illnesses.

HUBWeek is organized in partnership by The Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, and is billed as a weeklong celebration of innovation and creativity in the greater-Boston area. The topics discussed range from healthcare and technology to philosophy and civic debate.

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