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Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu

January 2014

Message from Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu
Director, Capital Institute for Neurosciences
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

We all have been, or will be, sick and unfortunately at some point be at the mercy of others. Whether it be family, friends or our healthcare system. Neurologic disease is one of the most complex and daunting in healthcare. It is dependent on dedicated, collaborative and expert teams. Imagine a world where your worry of where you would go and what type of doctor you needed wasn't a worry, but a relief? Having “an IN” with healthcare. What are the best hospitals for my condition? Who is the best doctor for my problem?

The truth is not one place, or one doctor, is the best at everything. The concept of “large” or “academic” centers, long thought to be the best place to get access to world class care, has changed dramatically. The largest centers are run not like centers to take care of the sick and infirm, but businesses to teach, perform research and be efficient. Think about how Ford makes a car and how Aston Martin makes a car.

Data has shown us for years that large academic centers have the highest complications, longest length of stay and lowest safety scores. Indeed, most cutting edge research and treatments are being done outside these centers and even outside the US because of legal, cost and FDA concerns. Most people get their overall care at local, community based hospitals. However, both the patient and the hospital have been captive to larger centers for “expert care”.

Capital Institute for Neurosciences, and I personally, have made our life’s work to develop the most sophisticated neurosciences institute in the world that is patient centric. We are currently in the process of developing a model that currently does not exist. Imagine having several hospitals that all have the same standard of care, same doctors, nurses and protocols. Imagine having a small device that has ALL your medical information on it so you don't have to explain your medical history or, worse, have it misinterpreted. You would avoid unnecessary testing and even admission to the hospital. Imagine a Global institute that is developed around you and me, the patient. Stay tuned.
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