From The Heart: Healthcare Transformation From India To The Cayman Islands

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low-cost, life saving services

A decade ago, this boy would have surely died because of money, but Mother Teresa’s surgeon saved him and has discovered how to make life-saving surgery affordable. The answer how will surprise you.

proven and scaleable

Mother Teresa’s personal physician saved this boy’s life. You’ll never believe how he is saving thousands of lives just like his.

A hundred years after the first heart surgery, less than 20% of the population can afford it. For 80% of the world’s population, if they ever require a heart operation, they’re going to die. This is unacceptable. Healthcare has to be available to everyone on this planet with dignity and that is what we are trying to do. And it’s going to happen, I’m convinced of that. It’s going to happen in our own lifetime.” – Dr. Devi Shetty Chairman and Founder, Narayana Health

Healthcare executives in the US, take note: A disruptive role model for healthcare is knocking on your back door.  The Health Services Authority of the Cayman Islands has been operating as an accountable care organization and practicing population health management for the past 14 years.  In the spring of 2014, Dr. Devi Shetty of Bangalore, India, in collaboration with business and government leadership of the Cayman Islands, opened the doors to a state-of-the-art hospital on the East End of Grand Cayman Island. This facility, known as Health City Cayman Islands, offers cardiothoracic surgery and other procedures, common to an aging population, at a fraction of the US cost, with better outcomes and higher patient safety. The initial target patient population is the Caribbean and bordering countries.  By the spring of 2015, Health City Cayman Islands will actively market its services to US patients, employers, insurers, and the US government. How does a geographically isolated country with a population of 50,000, with no direct taxation, manage to provide affordable, accessible, high quality, and innovative healthcare?  Can the Cayman Islands model be replicated in similarly sized communities in the US? The answer is yes, and traditional care delivery systems in the US will either feel inspired— or threatened – by this film documentary.

Produced by Health Catalyst, this documentary was originally screened at the Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City, UT in September 2014. The glowing reception it received prompted us to share the movie with the world.

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