From Competition to Collaboration:
How Leaders Cultivate Partnerships to Deliver Value and Transform Health
By Tracy Duberman & Bob Sachs
Stay tuned for the release of our book from Health Administration Press in October 2018
Everyone agrees that the US healthcare industry is facing ever-growing issues and challenges, the great majority of them too complex and wide ranging for any one sector to solve independently. This is where a health ecosystem approach pays more than significant dividends.
Solutions which emphasize how the various sectors – such as hospitals and health systems, pharmaceutical companies, payers, policymakers, local government, community organizations, etc. – operate interdependently are the only ones with the potential to deliver on critical imperatives, like affordability, access, and outcomes. Health organizations across the ecosystem are beginning to realize the great value of cross-sector partnerships and are starting to forge those collaborations. For these efforts to be created, implemented and sustained, health leaders need to foster the behaviors and skills to address the unique challenges that arise when stakeholders from diverse sectors and backgrounds work together. This book identifies these requisite leadership competencies via the Health Ecosystem Leadership Model (HELM™), see model below.
The leadership capabilities covered in this book are needed to successfully work across sector boundaries to develop innovative solutions to today’s healthcare challenges—and this is not just a collection of theories. The approaches espoused via HELM are illustrated by practical examples of how key industry leaders have successfully demonstrated an ecosystem mindset and critical behaviors that lead to positive outcomes for their organizations, their patients, and the communities they serve.
No industry leader can afford to ignore the messages in this book, which begins with a review of the state of the industry today¬ and argues the need for transformative change toward collaborative, cross-sector partnership. The case for a new type of health leader is followed by a detailed review of the HELM model, all of which is endorsed by industry leaders who represent the pioneers of ecosystem thinking. This is all brought together in an end-to-end case study. The case study is followed by detailed recommendations for how individuals and organizations can develop ecosystem leadership.