AZ Leaders Host Patient Centricity Dinner Discussion


Alisha Martin

23 April 2014

At AstraZeneca, patients are why we come to work every day.  We always seek to understand and reflect their needs.  And we pay close attention to the wider healthcare environment and continuously look for opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from others across the industry who share a common goal of improving patient health.

On Monday, April 21 in Washington, D.C., AstraZeneca leaders – including Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America; Greg Keenan, Vice President of Medical Affairs and U.S. Head Medical Officer; and Rich Buckley, Vice President of North America Corporate Affairs – were joined by 20 leading experts and executives to explore the topic of patient centricity in an evolving healthcare environment.

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson and Greg Keenan mingle with dinner guests.

The participants, who represented a broad range of stakeholders including businesses, nonprofit groups and media, shared their knowledge and perspectives on the state of patient care and how a patient centric approach can help drive quality healthcare.  Maggie Fox, senior writer on health issues for both and, served as moderator for the discussion.

“As the healthcare landscape continues to change, the role of the patient in making healthcare decisions is transforming as well,” said Hudson.  “As the industry seeks ways to adapt, it is imperative that we work together to understand patients’ challenges and priorities so we can identify and deliver solutions that improve their experiences and outcomes.”

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson leads a dinner discussion with attendees about various patient centricity topics.

Topics addressed included the future of patient-centered care, the most impactful way the industry can be engaging patients moving forward, and where various stakeholders can be playing a larger role.  Participants agreed that aligning incentives in the healthcare system – so that providers are rewarded for quality of healthcare and great results – is important to ensure care is truly patient-centered.   Innovative ideas for getting patients more engaged in their care were also discussed, along with the need to truly understand first what matters to patients and then build treatment plans from there.

The dinner was part of a series of events coordinated by National Journal LIVE, a premier events business that convenes top leaders in the Washington, D.C. area for dialogue on how to solve the country’s biggest challenges.