I support ImproveCareNow because with the proportion of patients who have Crohn’s disease in remission increasing from 49% to 77%, the results speak for themselves. If all children in the United States with IBD were in the ICN Network, 10,000 more patients would be in remission today. And if the ICN Network expands into care for other chronic illnesses, as well as continuing to grow within the community of patients with IBD, the potential for better care and better health is incredible.
On more of a personal note, I support ICN and the C3N Project because of what I’ve gained by interning with the C3N this summer. I began this summer with the idea that I might want to eventually have a career in healthcare quality improvement, and with the desire to learn about the innovations currently being created in patient care. As the summer comes to a close, I’ve learned about the development of new innovations, how these innovations are implemented, and the amazing results that are possible. As I return to school, I look forward to staying involved with the C3N and continuing to learn about the benefits of collaborative healthcare.
When I think of the ICN, I think of a quote from the science fiction writer William Gibson: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Within a network like the ICN, the future of healthcare can be quickly distributed to all care centers as it is created, allowing access to improved care for all patients within the network. Because of the ICN and projects like it, I’m confident that as time goes on, we will all be healthier – together.