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Re-imagining Healthcare


For decades, Dr. Tony DiGioia has worked to improve care for patients and families in Pittsburgh, across the United States and around the world. His work stems from the belief that to transform healthcare and care delivery, providers must put the patient at the center of everything that they do. Click below to learn how Dr. DiGioia has used this innovative approach to advance clinical care in the third-world, operationalize process improvement all over the world, reform healthcare and payment models in the United States and redefine what delivering value means to patients. Join Dr. D on the journey to reimagine...

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Operation Walk Pittsburgh

Since the inaugural international mission in 2009, Operation Walk Pittsburgh has performed total knee and hip replacement surgeries in Pittsburgh and across Central America, for more than 500 patients. Each year, a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, medical technicians, nurses and volunteers spend a week in country, screening, determining surgical candidates and caring for patients and their families. Although the trip lasts only a little more than a week, the task of fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars, gathering millions of dollars worth of in-kind donations and planning to take over 70 people and 10,000 pounds of cargo abroad occurs year-round.

Dr. DiGioia brought the nationally recognized organization, Operation Walk, to Pittsburgh to bring the gift of mobility to patients with debilitating knee and hip arthritis who would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive the care that they so desperately need. Operation Walk Pittsburgh also uses their international missions as a way to exchange medical knowledge and to create cultural sharing communities with local families and caregivers. Learn how to get involved and watch some of our patients take their first steps toward a happier, more active life.


Bone and Joint Center

Dr. DiGioia has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years. When he moved to the Bone and Joint Center of Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Dr. D worked with his partners, clinical and office staff to reimagine how care would be delivered in their practice. The Patient Centered Value System was put in place to ensure that patients and their families felt that their voices were heard and to incorporate their experiences into the design of an ideal orthopaedic experience.


Patient Centered Value System

The PCVS is the new operating system that will help hospitals, healthcare systems, clinicians and insurance companies to co-design and achieve value-driven clinical outcomes while improving patient experience and reducing cost.  This approach, is a simple, replicable and transformational system for viewing all care through the eyes of patients and families, building implementation teams to improve processes and for determining the true cost to deliver care in any setting.

To learn more about the Patient Centered Value System and see PCVS in action.


The Patient Centered Value System: Transforming Healthcare Through Co-Design

In his book The Patient Centered Value System: Transforming Healthcare Through Co-Design, Dr. DiGioia lays out the simple PCVS framework and tools by which patients can partner with providers in co-designing ideal care experiences. Discover how the Patient Centered Value System (PCVS) defines the new role of the healthcare consumer in today’s complex healthcare environment. Only through co-design with patients will value-driven clinical outcomes, which improve patient experience and reduce cost, be achieved. Click here to order your copy of The Patient Centered Value System: Transforming Healthcare Through Co-Design.



goShadow® is a two part digital tool for shadowing, data aggregation and process co-design and improvement.  Based off of a traditional pen and paper method, the goShadow® app and online platform can quickly and easily synthesize data and allows for the creation of one touch reports to share within teams. Reimagine the way you see any process or product, goShadow®.

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UPMC Innovation Center


The UPMC Innovation Center (or the “IC”) is breaking down silos, building teams, and shifting the focus of care to where it truly belongs – on patients and families.

Using the Patient Centered Value System (PCVS) as a foundation, the IC is partnering with patients, families, caregivers, and hospital administrators to bridge the gap between current practices and ideal experiences. The Innovation Center has partnered with patients, families, frontline caregivers, and hospital administrators to bridge the gap between current practice and ideal experiences.