David Lansky, PhD, is Senior Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). He’s a nationally-recognized expert in accountability, quality measurement and health IT, and has served as a Board member or advisor to numerous health care programs, including the National Quality Forum (NQF).
We decided to go beyond his LinkedIn profile by asking a few interview questionsto give our conference attendees an inside look on Dr. Lansky’s work and personal takes on health care today:
What would surprise people about your work?
We formed the Foundation for Accountability in 1995 in the early years of NCQA, JCAHO, and NQF. It was a non-profit comprised of one-third patient and consumer/labor representatives; public purchasers; and private purchasers. It was truly inspiring to see how well aligned those three groups were on what needed to change in healthcare and how quality should be measured and rewarded.
What would you change about the healthcare quality field?
Building a national capability to capture standardized information from patients in real time about their own symptoms, experiences, and outcomes without wasting financial and human resources on unnecessary and ineffective care. To me, it’s a moral imperative to “right-size” our healthcare system to international norms and release resources for more beneficial purposes.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by clinicians who are eager to learn from patients, track their own outcomes, and continuously improve their practice to get better outcomes. I’m also inspired by purchasers and payers who demand that the health care system perform at a higher level and use the tools they have to reward better care.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why? :)
Inspiring people to take big risks in order to change the status quo!
Thank you to our plenary speaker, David Lansky, PhD, for sharing a little more about himself with us and our attendees!
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