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Health must embrace change: expert

Posted 30 March 2017

Hospitals are being called “houses of ritual” – such is the resistance to change, international health system expert Dr John Øvretveit has told a VHA event.

Dr Øvretveit led a workshop of VHA members: Building a high performance health service – workforce support and change management.

The international quality and safety expert said the sector had hardly begun to tap into the enormous digital potential set to transform the way some things are done.

He recommended a shift from the central control of doctors.

“Extend physicians treatment to include non-physicians and team-based care,” said Dr Øvretveit, Director of Research and Professor of health care innovation implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

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