Giberson, acting deputy U.S. surgeon general, emphasizes need for health care collaboration



In a 2011 report to the acting surgeon general of the United States, now-Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, outlined the challenges to access that are evident in today’s health care system and provided a potential answer to overcoming them.

At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, Giberson will be speaking on the topic of interprofessional practice as a health care delivery model.

In the report, “Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice,” Giberson emphasized the need for collaboration between health sectors and professionals to catalyze a paradigm shift from a focus on health care to a focus on health.

“The burdens of our health care system will necessitate collaboration,” Giberson said. “Many new and innovative models have evidence-based data that demonstrate improved outcomes when working as a health care team. Realizing that the burdens on the health system — such as chronic care, increasing costs and access — have changed over the years, collaboration only enhances the possibility of it being successful.”

Giberson’s lecture will delve into some of the specifics of his report in regard to changes that must be made if interprofessional practice can effectively occur. These changes include inspiring innovation in areas like health education, shifting the system’s focus to American health, and providing a model for a new delivery system that improves the health care experience.

Having worked as a clinical pharmacist in the past, Giberson understands the capabilities of American pharmacists and their potential to play a much larger role in the delivery of patient care. In addition to working as a clinical pharmacist, he has also held the roles of mid-level provider, senior public health advisor, senior medical program officer, and director of commissioned corps headquarters, according to his bio issued by the Surgeon General’s Office.

Giberson has been around much of the health care circuit; the job of an acting deputy surgeon general revolves around communicating with the public about scientific information regarding health.

“My job, in support of the acting surgeon general, is in fact to articulate the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation,” Giberson said. “The most effective way may vary depending on the health issue under discussion and the target audience. Health-related topics are very diverse, just like our American communities.”

Giberson said some of the most important health-related topics affecting Americans come as a result of individual decisions.

He said that choosing to eat better, get more sleep, avoid tobacco and be active are keys to preserving health.

Giberson also emphasized the need to inspire innovation in America’s
health care system.

“Currently, statistics demonstrate some impact through increasing insurance eligibility and engaging more citizens through affordable care,” he said. “Many entities continue to make changes to a health system that we all grew up knowing to function a certain way. That said, now is the time to be innovative. Now is the time to seize opportunity with many changes coming through health reform.”