Pillars of Healthcare in West Virginia

In addressing each of the Pillars of Healthcare below, WVU should take the lead in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation and applying new tools (precision prediction, data analysis, translational research, training, design thinking, telehealth, and coaching are connecting “trusses” across these pillars.) 

Pillars of Healthcare in West Virginia

A New Framework - Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean of the Health Sciences Center

Well care

Well care includes health and wellness activities aimed at providing individuals with the help they need to get and stay healthy:

  • Community support
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Performance training
  • Prevention

Sick care

Sick care includes developing and strengthening WVU Medicine signature programs, both in hospitals and in medical offices and other care settings:

  • Disease-related care
  • Telemedicine
  • Rural health
  • Mobile approaches
  • Innovative care models (including using mid-levels and other trained workers to share care with physicians)

Big Ideas in Healthcare

West Virginia has to address its “most difficult problems and biggest ideas” across the entire state and the entire population:

  • Preventable deaths and substance use
  • Obesity
  • Geriatric/elderly care
  • Defining health
  • Data analytics
  • Design thinking to optimize user experience