What They’re Watching: George Gooch, Texas Health Services Authority


Eli Kirshbaum


Interoperability is the most important area of Texas healthcare policy for George Gooch, CEO of Texas Health Services Authority. He spoke with us at the recent 2023 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference about what he’s focused on.

Strengthening and streamlining the exchange of electronic health data in Texas, Gooch said, is critical in achieving quality outcomes. This includes addressing the social determinants of health.

“Social determinants of health are the next frontier of healthcare that’s really going to drive patient health outcomes, so we need to develop robust policies on how we’re going to exchange not just data within the healthcare setting, but data within other settings that is very relevant to patient health outcomes.”