Transforming Cities

How community collaboration is creating national success stories

Cincinnati

A better future for health care is more than a single person, practitioner or company can accomplish alone. That’s why GE has spent three years collaborating with 10 major employers, over 19 hospitals and health systems, 500 physicians, five health insurers, and community and public health officials to improve the health of Cincinnati’s two million people.

Cincinnati Early Success

The PCMH Model

The Cincinnati region, with the help of GE and others, is improving care while reducing costs by adopting the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. Under the PCMH model, primary care physicians take responsibility for coordinating care. In the spring of 2010, none of the primary care practices in the region met the PCMH requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Cincinnati region, with the help of GE and others, made the team-based, coordinated and preventive care features of PCMH practices a core part of its regional transformative efforts. Thanks to this work, more than 100 primary care practices will meet the PCMH requirements by the summer of 2012.

Health Guide from Care Innovations

GE is piloting a new home health tool for GE Aviation employees with type 2 diabetes using HealthBridge, Cincinnati’s health information exchange. Enabling patients, physicians and insurers to share better access to health records will lead to higher quality and lower costs. This easy-to-use solution will deliver high-quality, personalized healthcare in patients’ homes, while enhancing and enabling real time patient and physician clinical updates.