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Our International Reach
By Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Our institution’s goal since its inception has been to benefit the health of our communities and the world, so that we can help ensure a better tomorrow for people from every society. The impact in our communities is being replicated around the globe through the work of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI).
The goal of all of our international efforts is to improve the health of the world by creating and transmitting innovative knowledge and fostering discovery. Health care organizations from around the globe come to us for information and ideas about how they can best deliver patient care, conduct research and provide educational opportunities.
These global relationships aren’t just intrinsic to our mission; they are the right thing to do. JHI’s work directly impacts several of our strategic priorities: promoting the spread of patient-centered care, expanding education opportunities for clinicians, developing and fostering an innovative model of integrated health care delivery, and exploring opportunities for biomedical discovery. Some of our initiatives also qualify as new sources of revenue for Johns Hopkins Medicine, necessary for meeting the mandates laid out in the $150 Million Performance Initiative.
JHI’s reach is growing rapidly. In the past year, we have expanded our presence in Latin America through collaborations with our esteemed colleagues in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Additionally, we signed a landmark collaboration agreement with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and its affiliated hospitals in Guangzhou, one of China's leading academic medical centers, providing a long-term platform for exchanges among clinical and translational investigators, which will lay the foundation for building a world-class research infrastructure in China. We are also partnering with Saudi Aramco on Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare —a newly operational joint venture that is designed to strengthen the health care delivery system and establish wellness strategies for its 350,000 employees, beneficiaries and retirees.
International Patient Services
Much of JHI’s great work is also happening right here in Baltimore, with the provision of personalized, culturally appropriate services for patients traveling to Johns Hopkins from outside of the United States. This year, International Patient Services integrated with the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group to maintain a continuum of care and improve patient safety for international patients. The newly merged group offers prescription fulfillment for outpatients, family members and travel companions; skilled private duty nursing and medication management; personal care by certified nursing assistants and companions; and nursing escort services back to home country and thorough transitions to local care teams. Read more about our integrated care for international patients in our employee newsletter, Dome.
The Language Access Services division continues to make health care at Johns Hopkins accessible and safe for everyone. It designed the protocols for the video remote interpretation service that launched this past February and it is taking on sign language interpretation services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The group also submitted the winning entry into our first annual patient safety video contest: “Saving Lives in Many Languages."
These global collaborations and patient services provide opportunities not only for us to share what we already know, but to gain insight into how to improve those methods. So, while we assist others across the globe in delivering more innovative care, let’s be on the lookout for ways to refine what we do right here in Baltimore.