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Apr 3, 201812:47 PMOpen Mic

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From lab to bedside, the Wisconsin Idea is all for the good of the patients

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To us, innovation is also about translating critical research from the university and Marshfield’s research facilities with products and processes that lead to better patient care. UW Health has the know-how and the regulatory and compliance infrastructure to help create that connection. Marshfield Clinic has the educational programming, research capabilities, and array of specialists to provide fertile soil for innovation.

We believe the purpose of innovation is ultimately all about creating the best care and care environment for patients. Some of the innovations we’ve collectively been focused on involve harnessing information technology to reduce the burden on medical providers and make care more seamless. We’re pursuing diagnostic tests that are more cost effective and accurate for patients, and we are working on innovations to deliver care when, where, and how patients want it.

All of our efforts ultimately come back to a simple goal — serving our patients and their families.

Innovation and collaboration are crucial, but above all the Wisconsin Idea is about optimism. Research and education can improve and transform our lives, and the commitment to this idea lives in the hearts and minds of the people of Wisconsin.

Dr. Alan Kaplan is CEO of UW Health with headquarters in Madison. Dr. Susan Turney is CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System headquartered in Marshfield. This commentary is part of a series of articles organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). For over 90 years WARF has promoted a cycle of innovation through advancement of University research discoveries to the market and reinvestment in research at UW-Madison. Comments on this piece are encouraged at wisconsinidea@warf.org. See warf.org or WARF’s Cycle of Innovation for more details on WARF.

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