Dell Medical School Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs Clay Johnston says the new school at the University of Texas is working to bridge the disconnect between research and the quality of care.
According to a Healthcare Informatics report, Johnson spoke during the National Institutes of Health’s June 1 Collaboratory Grand Rounds meeting.
The gap exists, Johnson said, due to provider organizations investing their money in other pursuits, effectively putting care studies mostly on the backburner.
“When we think about prestige, it is more connected to basic discoveries,” Johnston said. “Often we don’t appreciate and value the discoveries that are made toward transforming practice.”
Johnston also said the provider industry support for research and development is “actually pitifully low.”
“Medical device and pharmaceutical/biotech organizations spend a fair amount of what they generate to move the ball down the field,” he said. “But provider organizations are really not investing in research and development that would move us forward.”