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The Role of Information in Improving Care Delivery

Paul Grundy, MD, MPH
IBM’s Global Director of Healthcare Transformation
President, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative , Washington, DC


GrundyPaul Grundy MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, known as the “Godfather” of the Patient Centered Medical Home, member of the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the 2012 National Committee for Quality Assurance(NCQA) Quality Award, is IBM’s Global Director of Healthcare Transformation. In this role, Dr. Grundy develops and executes strategies that support IBM’s healthcare-industry transformation initiatives. Part of his work is directed towards shifting healthcare delivery around the world towards consumer-focused, primary-care based systems through the adoption of new philosophies, primary-care pilot programs, new incentives systems, and the information technology required to implement such change.

Paul Grundy is a driving force for Patient Centered Medical Home – leading IBM’s efforts to change how it insurers its employees and leading the Patient Centered Primary Care Consortium, a group of more than 100 organizations, businesses and agencies pushing the PCMH as a logical solution to health care in the US. Paul is the President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition he led IBM in creating in early 2006. The collaborative is dedicated to advancing a new primary-care model, called the patient-centered medical home, as a means of fundamentally reforming healthcare delivery. Today, the collaborative represents employers of some 50m people across the US; physician groups representing more than 330,000 medical doctors; leading consumer groups; and, the top seven US health-benefits companies.

His work has been reported widely in the New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, the Economist, the Huffington Post, New England Journal of Medicine and newspapers, radio and television around the country.
Dr. Grundy is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Grundy was elected to the Institute of Medicine; currently serves as a member of The Medical Education Futures Study National Advisory Board; and is Chair of Health Policy of the ERISA Industry Committee. Dr. Grundy has won three Department of State Superior Honor Awards, four Department of State Meritorious Service awards and a Department of Defense Superior Service award.

Dr. Grundy is a retired senior diplomat with the rank of Minister Consular U.S. State Department and was a Medical Director for the International SOS and Adventist Health. Dr. Grundy is also known for his work on AIDS education in Africa. Dr. Grundy has received several work related awards which include three U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards, four Department of State Meritorious Service awards, the Defense Superior Service Award, and the Defense Meritorious Service medal.


Data sources in other businesses  surpass what has been the reliance on data in health care. This is all changing with health care reform. Data will now play a more dominant role in how consumers are tracked by their primary care treatment team. There will be more reminders for routine screenings, checking up on treatment prescriptions and general well being of patients. Consumers will have more access to their own records. Understanding how data will play a more significant role is outlined by Dr Grundy.

3 Key Points:

  1. Primary Care staff will use the electronic medical record to track your health outcomes.
  2. Data will be used to send you reminders for tests, appointments
  3. Decision support tools will allow treatment team to make diagnoses faster and with more accuracy


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