Bio: Scott Wallace is an internationally recognized expert on health information technology, privacy, and the transformation of health delivery. As the first president and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, he played a major role in formulating the nation’s health transformation policies and advised the White House staff, the HHS Secretary, and Congressional leaders. In addition, he worked closely with state and federal leaders to redesign the health care delivery system in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Louisiana and implement the nation’s first wide-scale medical home model of community-based care.
Mr. Wallace advises multiple constituencies of physicians, providers, payers, supply chain organizations, policy makers, and employers to integrate approaches and advance the effective use of clinical IT. He speaks and publishes internationally on health information technology, policy, chronic care models, outcomes measurement, innovation and financing issues in health care.
He received a Presidential appointment to chair the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, a Federal Commission created to advise the White House and the Congress on health transformation through information technology. In addition, he has appeared repeatedly on the Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. He is a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and actively advises venture capital funds and their portfolio companies.
Mr. Wallace holds an AB degree in Economics from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
Expertise: Employer Initiatives in Redefining Health Care
Fellowship Focus: As a Batten Fellow, Scott Wallace will collaborate with Darden Faculty Host Elizabeth Teisberg on a journal article of employers’ roles in transforming health care. Their collaboration will involve field research with leading employers, health care providers, and health plans to study innovations.
Poor health of employees is a major challenge to American competitiveness. The costs of health benefits continue to rise far faster than the rate of inflation despite repeated efforts to reform the care delivery system. At the same time, the costs of poor health borne by employers – including absenteeism and lost productivity – are as much as three times the cost of health benefits. Employers globally have launched initiatives to reduce the cost of poor health, not simply the cost of treatment. Many of these initiatives involve partnerships between employers and the care providers, and are supported by new business arrangements and by benefit designs administered by health plans.
But despite a growing awareness that focusing exclusively on health benefit costs has failed to control the cost of care, successful new approaches to promoting health, measuring the health outcomes of care, and restructuring the delivery of care have not been widely shared. The article will describe successful innovations of employers and provide CEOs and senior managers with examples that can lead to improved employee health and lower the overall health costs for employers.