URC’s Dr. Tamar Chitashvili wins prestigious Integrated Care Award

Dr. Tamar Chitashvili, RMNCH and NCD technical unit lead of the USAID ASSIST Project, received the Integrated Care Award for Best Paper at the third annual World Congress on Integrated Care. The conference, held in Mexico City November 19–21, 2015, focused on “Co-producing High Quality People-Centered Integrated Care for ALL”.

“This recognition belongs to URC's USAID ASSIST HQ and field team and our doctors in the Georgia who, collectively, made the real change!” Dr. Chitashvili wrote from Mexico.

The winning abstract was selected from a field of outstanding authors and topics. The judges’ panel remarked that Dr. Chitashvili’s paper, “Rationale for improving integrated service delivery: reduced cost and improved care in Georgia,” does much to push integrated care into the next level of accomplishments towards the “Triple Aim” of improving care for more people at lower cost.

Congratulations, Tamar, to you and your team for this notable honor.

Introduction to “Rationale for improving integrated service delivery: reduced cost and improved care in Georgia”

In Georgia, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) constitute about 60% of total morbidity and mortality in the adult population, and acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are the most frequent reasons for seeking medical care among children. While effective interventions can prevent and treat NCDs and RTIs, appropriate care delivery remains very low due to fragmented health service delivery at each level of care and low compliance with evidence-based best practices. To improve quality of medical care for high-burden NCDs and RTIs in Georgia, the USAID-funded HCI and ASSIST projects worked closely with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders to apply quality improvement (QI) methods to improve integrated care in 17 ambulatory clinics and village solo practices and three hospitals in Georgia’s Imereti Region.

The paper’s abstract, which has been published in the International Journal of Integrated Care, can be read here: http://www.ijic.org/index.php/ijic/article/view/2333/3114


In the photo, above (from left):

Dr Nick Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC); Dr Viktoria Stein, Head of Education and Training and the Integrated Care Academy©, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC); Dr. Tamar Chitashvili, RMNCH and NCD technical unit lead of the USAID ASSIST Project, URC; and Sebastián García Saisó, General Director of Quality and Education in Health, Ministry of Health of Mexico

Dr. Nick Goodwin, Dr. Viktoria Stein, Dr. Tamar Chitashvili, and Sebastian Garcia Saisò,
Dr. Tamar Chitashvili (third from left) receives the Integrated Care Award for Best Paper. Mexico, 2015. Image courtesy IFIC
November 24, 2015
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