This is an exciting time to be an ob-gyn. I begin my term as president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at an opportune time, with ob-gyns at the forefront of change in women’s health care.
The scientific and technological advances in women’s health are arriving very quickly, with tremendous impact. We are enormously more effective in our ability to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. And there is every reason to believe that our capabilities will continue to improve.
I believe how we respond to change will be critical for continuing improvement of women’s health. There are a variety of ways individual ob-gyns can respond to the changing health care environment, including:
- Assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings
- Reducing the price of health care by connecting value to costs
- Recognizing patients’ unmet and over-met needs
- Utilizing technology based on clinical knowledge and outcomes research
- Understanding how patients measure quality care
ACOG is also involved in a number of key collaborations focused on improving women’s health care. ACOG’s partnerships with organizations such as the Women’s Health Registry Alliance, the Choosing Wisely campaign, and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative all contribute to the optimization of resources in women’s health.
In addition to all of ACOG’s current efforts, I will be targeting certain important areas in the coming year. I am appointing a task force on collaborative care, a working group on women’s health care team leadership, and a working group on practice transitions.
In this time of change, we must assume a conscientious and deep commitment to creating the future of women’s health care. Obstetricians and gynecologists care for women—exclusively. As such, the future of women’s health care is in our hands.Together we can make it happen.