Technically Speaking Series

Complex Systems Science Applied to Health Care | Technological Leadership Institute

Series Event Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

Location: 200 Oak St SE Minneapolis, MN McNamara Alumni Center - Thomas Swain Room

Speakers: Dr. Bruce Ramshaw, MD FACS

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw, MD FACS

On February 2, Dr. Ramshaw will discuss how complex systems science — a platform first discovered more than 100 years ago by physicists and which ultimately led to quantum mechanics — relates to the discipline of health care. Dr. Ramshaw and his multidisciplinary team have been working to implement value-based clinical quality improvement (CQI) and non-linear analytics by focusing on hernia disease in order to ultimately decrease patient costs and improve the quality and experience of patient care. Because of his team's success, the University of Tennessee has modified its academic platform to apply these principles across its entire Medical Center. This talk will describe these principles and tools of complex systems science and illustrate examples of the benefits to our health care system when these tools are applied to real-world patient care.

Event Schedule for February 2, 2017
5:30 p.m. Registration and networking
6:00 p.m. Program begins
7:00 p.m. Program concludes

About the Speaker

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Dr. Bruce Ramshaw  is a surgeon who specializes in implementing value-based patient-centered care teams. After eight years in private practice, he moved to be a part of the Emory Endosurgery Unit at Emory University for three years, and then served as Chief of General Surgery and in a tenured professorship at the University of Missouri for five years. At the University of Missouri, Dr. Ramshaw redesigned the General Surgery division to implement patient-centered care teams and saw the potential of a new model for healthcare. While there, he developed a hernia program, which has since been renamed Advanced Hernia Solutions. He also founded the health care data analytics company Surgical Momentum to advance a new health care model based on measuring and improving value for patients. He served as the President of the Americas Hernia Society in 2013-2014. In October 2015, he became the Chair of Surgery at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he is helping lead the transition from a volume-based health care system to one based on value. Dr. Ramshaw earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida and completed a general surgery residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994.

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