Head Quality Management, University Hospital Basel
Florian Rüter, MD, joined the Chief Medical Office of the University Hospital Basel as Head of Quality Management in 2018. As an experienced professional in surgical quality and patient safety, he and his team are driving the adoption of Patient Reported Outcome Measures ("PROMs"), embedded in the concept of Value Based Health Care ("VBHC"). "I am convinced that PROMs are the most important key to initiate a fundamental change process and to integrate the ideas of Value Based Health Care into daily practice." Florian Rüter, a specialist in cardiac and thoracic vascular surgery, completed his medical studies in Germany. In addition to surgical training, organizational development of a heart transplant program led him to Basel in 1998, where he supplemented his interests with clinical and quality management. He graduated in "Leadership in Healthcare" and "Team Dynamics in Change and Coaching" (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland) and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education "Strategy for Health Care Delivery" in 2019. The focus of his work in Basel as well as in various commissions and working groups nationwide and internationally is on linking quality-enhancing measures with the overall concept of Value Based Healthcare. The implementation of the concept, which is anchored in the corporate strategy of the USB, makes an exemplary step towards sustainable patient-centeredness with the hospital-wide use of PROMs for now more than 15 disease conditions. Pilot projects for quality-based economic management of the healthcare system, which has so far been financed by volume-based case numbers, represent the adaptation of the VBHC concept to the future challenges in Switzerland.