Bas Bloem describes an innovative care network in the Netherlands for patients with Parkinson’s disease. From its start in a single town, ParkinsonNet has scaled to more than sixty regional networks of 3,000 professionals in multiple disciplines who partner with patients. Together they transcend traditional barriers for managing a complex disease. Bloem encourages others to consider the possibilities: “Imagine what would happen if you built similar networks for stroke, COPD, dementia.”
From the NEJM Catalyst event Care Redesign: Creating the Future of Care Delivery at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, September 30, 2015.