Q&A with Bob Anderson, COO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

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Q&A with Bob Anderson, COO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | November 17, 2016
From the November 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


HCB News: Are there any recent developments you’d like to highlight?
BA:
Our big news has been our investment in an intraoperative MRI, enabling our neurosurgeons to do advanced brain tumor resection. In a nutshell, patients are able to go from the MRI to the operating room and back while sedated during the procedure. It allows for a higher level of surgical care.

HCB News: What are your predictions for what health care will be in 10 years?

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BA:
Well, I’m not sure if my crystal ball is any clearer than the next guy’s, but I have some thoughts. I think 10 years from now, we’re going to be far down a path to turn health care over to the consumer and that will determine when and how it’s delivered. Even if you’re a professional in acute care, it’s going to change how you make yourself available based on consumer needs. There will be greater emphasis on wellness, ambulatory care and what we can do to help keep people out of the hospital. That can be done if we focus on the care they get at the primary care level.

One of the other things I think will change the landscape is where we are headed with oncology and cancer care. How can we streamline the process to get patients to treatment faster? That opens up new avenues of communication between professionals to provide that improved level of care.

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