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LPHI and BioDistrict New Orleans Announce Partnership

February 27, 2013

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and BioDistrict New Orleans recently signed a MOU highlighting a new partnership designed to promote New Orleans as a hub for healthcare innovation.

The healthcare and biosciences industries are rapidly growing in New Orleans, which Dr. James A. Richardson, John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and director of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, has estimated to generate 34,000 new or retained jobs and $24 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years. By working together, along with their respective partners, the organizations will strive to improve population health outcomes, accelerate economic growth and employee/labor productivity, provide broader access to quality healthcare, and increase research funding for area Universities through educational training and workforce development opportunities.

“LPHI and numerous Beacon Community partners have worked together over the last three years to build the foundation for a modern, efficient healthcare system in the Greater New Orleans area, thus making the city a center of innovation in healthcare and health IT,” said Dr. Anjum Khurshid, Director of LPHI’s Health Systems Division. “This development, as well as the partnership with the BioDistrict, helps our community demonstrate the value of having a coordinated care system for future investments and will have a direct impact on the cost of doing business and worker productivity in the region.”

The BioDistrict is currently working with the LPHI-convened Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) program to optimize public investments to transform the healthcare delivery system within Greater New Orleans by leveraging its network of providers and subject matter experts to train the next generation of healthcare workers. CCBC is part of a larger healthcare improvement revolution that demonstrates how health information technology investments and meaningful use of electronic medical records can advance the vision of patient-centered care, while achieving the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. CCBC has received national recognition for its innovation in healthcare and is considered a model healthcare improvement program that can share valuable insights to other communities throughout the country.

“The Crescent City Beacon Community program, managed by the Louisiana Public Health Institute, is a shining example of how the New Orleans region is using innovative health information technology to transform the way health care is delivered to its residents,” said Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “The collaboration between LPHI and the BioDistrict will take these efforts a step further and strengthen the area's health IT workforce, allowing us to continue building upon the region's entrepreneurial spirit.”

“Today’s knowledge-based economy demands connectivity, collaboration and a specially-trained workforce with an understanding of technology and its role in both healthcare and Translational Medical Research," said James P. McNamara, President & CEO of BioDistrict New Orleans. "The partnership that the BioDistrict has established with LPHI is an example of how we are together creating opportunities for career development and economic growth based on increased university research in the emerging biosciences industry. It also allows us to develop more fully the sustainably-built environment for the long-term benefit of our fellow metro New Orleanians.” 

Currently, there are two upcoming events resulting from this new partnership. Dr. Khurshid will lead a free webinar, titled “Raising the Bar: Innovative Healthcare Program Fosters Collaboration, Education,” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 12 p.m., which will highlight the components of the CCBC program and how it has taken redesigning comprehensive care delivery to new levels. Sponsored by the BioDistrict New Orleans, this webcast is the first in a series designed to showcase the exemplary projects taking place within the district. Please click here to register for the webinar.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference is being held in New Orleans from March 3-7, 2013. The BioDistrict, LPHI and other strategic partners will host a cocktail reception for HIMSS executives, industry leaders, business executives, community partners and local and visiting media to share how health information technology is being used in New Orleans to improve the delivery of healthcare. Additionally, representatives will discuss how this new collaboration will support efforts to transform New Orleans into a mecca of innovation and source for high quality healthcare research, training and jobs.

“The new collaboration between BioDistrict New Orleans and LPHI represents the future of public health partnerships designed to highlight the convergence of public health practice and healthcare service delivery,” said Joe Kimbrell, CEO of LPHI. “LPHI is honored to partner with the BioDistrict to advance educational training and workforce development opportunities based on the emerging jobs in our community.”

About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)

Founded in 1997, The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at the community, parish and state levels. By fostering collaborative endeavors in the areas of health information, public policy, applied research, and community capacity enhancement, LPHI works to develop community-oriented solutions that improve the health of the Louisiana population. For more information, visit www.lphi.org.


About BioDistrict New Orleans

The BioDistrict is focused on the development of a biosciences industry in New Orleans that will provide world-class biosciences research and development; local, regional, and global healthcare delivery; and stable, high-paying jobs for professionals, managers and workers representing a wide range of skills. Through partnerships among major educational and research institutions, private companies, government agencies, and independent foundations, BioDistrict New Orleans will create opportunities for workforce training and research needed to build a successful biosciences industry. More information can be found at www.biodistrictneworleans.org or by emailing