Expert’s Corner: Healthcare Q&A With Dr. Bruce C. Carleton

June 6th, 2014

Expert’s Corner with Dr. Bruce C. Carleton: #HealthSummit14

 In anticipation of The 14th Annual Healthcare Summit, Reboot is excited to present “Expert’s Corner”, a series of blog posts featuring outstanding healthcare leaders and professionals who will be speaking at the summit later this month. Read on for a glimpse of what #HealthSummit14 is all about…

We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Bruce C. Carleton a few questions about his views and opinions on pressing healthcare topics leading up to the summit:

 Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle facing healthcare leaders/decision makers today? 

A: Rethinking how to provide healthcare to a growing population with increasingly diverse needs.  This means rethinking old strategies for efficient and effective healthcare, and looking for new ways to reallocate existing resources, not just expecting new resources to be available. Not all healthcare we provide is effective.

Q:What are your current goals/objectives for shaping the future healthcare?

My goal is to help engineer the system in this era of personalized medicine.  We are now at the cusp of a revolution in science and technology that can result in better care for patients by utilizing genetic information.  There is no doubt that patients want more personalized care and treatment strategies and they should expect us to deliver this.  But ensuring health system sustainability means we need to proceed with an eye towards what works for patients and what does not.  Great theories of benefit must result in positive patient outcomes or there is really no point;  and we need to dispense with ineffective strategies quickly.  But we are not homogeneous in our needs nor how we respond to medical care, and this fact can’t be lost.  We treat individual patients, not groups of people.  The good news is we have the expertise in this country to do this and many are working together for a better healthcare future.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at #HealthSummit14 in Kelowna, BC?

A: Meeting other forward thinking and innovative healthcare leaders who share a passion for taking care of people’s health needs and strategizing how we will improve the quality and delivery of the services we provide to our fellow citizens.

Dr. Bruce C. Carleton is Professor and Chair of the Division of Translational Therapeutics at the Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia. Dr. Carleton will be speaking on the Personalized Medicine Panel at the 14th Annual Healthcare Summit.

This post is part of Reboot Communications’ “Expert’s Corner” series. The 14th Annual Healthcare Summit is happening on June 26-27, 2014, in Kelowna, BC. Find out how you can get involved here

Dr. Bruce C. Carleton - Professor and Chair, Division of Translational Therapeutics, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

Dr. Carleton’s lifelong goal is to make medication use more effective and safer for all patients, particularly children. His current focus in meeting this goal is the use of patients’ genetic information to identify who is likely to suffer serious or permanently disabling reactions to specific drugs. A key element of Dr. Carleton’s research is […]