Next-Generation Healthcare

As the healthcare industry continues to shift from volume to value, providers are under mounting pressure to cut costs and deliver higher-quality care. This becomes even more challenging as the population ages, healthcare needs increase and the healthcare labor market gets tighter. In addition, knowledgeable consumers are driving demand for even more personalized care and […]

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Tracking the Future of EMR: Walmart’s Move Toward Blockchain-enabled Medical Records

In August, Walmart was awarded a patent that may signal what the future holds for electronic medical records (EMRs). As Walmart wades into the healthcare business, the nation’s largest private employer is exploring blockchain technology’s application for medical records. “Walmart was one of the first companies to manage behavioral data and consumer-related information, and use […]

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Supplier Diversity:
 How Small & Diverse Companies Impact & Improve Communities

To celebrate its 35th year in business, O’Fallon, Missouri-based Phoenix Textile Corporation is pulling out all the stops. But in lieu of champagne toasts or team trips to an exotic location, President Linda Haberstroh had something else in mind—ramping up the company’s commitment to community support. Phoenix’s employees have helped fund and build a Habitat […]

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Full-speed Recovery:
 Patient-centered ERAS Protocols Upend Conventional Wisdom With ‘Wildly Successful’ Results

In 1995, Danish physician Henrik Kehlet, M.D., published a revolutionary paper documenting the recovery of eight elderly patients who had undergone elective colonic resections for cancer. The procedure typically kept patients in the hospital for 12–15 days. Under Kehlet’s care, they were discharged in two or three days. Although Kehlet accomplished something groundbreaking, his methods […]

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Battling Influenza With Leading-edge Vaccines

Influenza is one of the world’s most devastating vaccine-preventable diseases, which makes staying ahead of the disease with leading-edge immunology science even more crucial. “Though it’s hard to make projections on the upcoming flu season based on a prior season,” explains Dan DiVito, senior director influenza vaccines for Sanofi Pasteur U.S., “we look closely at […]

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Metrics That Matter

LifePoint Health Receives 2018 HealthTrust Innovation Grant for Advances in Antimicrobial Stewardship Just a year after starting a systemwide antimicrobial stewardship program, Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health reported significant achievements in promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials at all of its facilities (numbering 72 at the time). In June 2016, when the enterprisewide initiative began, just […]

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A Champion for Women’s Health: Dr. Frank Kolucki, M.D.

Frank Kolucki, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has served health systems in northeastern Pennsylvania for more than two decades. At Scranton’s Moses Taylor Hospital, now an affiliate of Community Health Systems (CHS), Kolucki serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics and helped establish the Women’s and Children’s service line. In 2015, he led a team […]

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Maximizing Collective Intelligence With Telepresence

“Video conferencing on steroids.” That’s how Terriance Moody, CEO of Dream Systems, describes telepresence, a simulation technology that enables the next-generation of face-to-face video meetings. Moody’s Nashville, Tennessee-based company uses robotics, high-definition video screens, and precise audio and video technologies to help
 healthcare professionals quickly communicate their expertise across the country and around the world. Dream […]

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Bone Cement. No One Size Fits All

Joint replacement surgeries have revolutionized the treatment of arthritis and allowed a generation of older adults to stay active for decades longer than their ancestors. Bone cement, which is used to fix joint replacement implants to bone, makes many of those surgeries possible, allowing surgeons to transfer body weight and service loads from the prosthesis […]

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Improving the World’s Health

HealthTrust Members Offer Aid & Education to Places Near & Far At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, according to a 2017 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. In addition, many families are pushed into extreme poverty because of tremendous health expenses, the report […]

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Sustainable Practices With Anesthesia Gases

Inhaled anesthetics are necessary agents in the operating room, yet only about 5 percent of anesthesia gas administered during surgery is actually metabolized by a patient. The other 95 percent is released into a tube as a patient exhales and vented into the atmosphere through a scavenger system. Such waste becomes greenhouse gas, accounting for about […]

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HealthTrust Workforce Solutions President & CEO Named to Florida 500 List of Most Influential Floridians

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 26, 2018—HealthTrust Workforce Solutions announced today that President & CEO Brendan Courtney has been named to Florida Trend’s Florida 500, a list comprising the 500 most influential business leaders in the state. This distinct honor represents Courtney’s overall commitment, energy and effort in continuing to move Florida forward. “I am honored to be […]

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Caring for Baby Boomers

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age and medications enable them to live longer with multiple conditions, hospitals are devising creative strategies for balancing the influx of complex health needs with the quality of life desired by this growing patient population.  

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Common Ground

Engaging Physicians in the Supply Chain Process Pays Dividends Physicians, hospital administrators and supply chain professionals all desire to provide patients with high-value care based on quality outcomes and cost efficiency. Each group, however, has a different perspective on how to achieve that mission. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and disagreements. Overcoming miscommunication and engaging […]

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Environmental Stewardship: Peak Partner

Energy Helps Members Overcome Challenges of Electric Supply Capacity Charges With acute care hospitals open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, the challenges they face when it comes to energy use are unique. These facilities can’t decrease their use of electricity just because the energy grid peaks. While […]

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Caring for Boomers

Meeting the Needs & Challenges of an Aging Patient Population When Caroline Fife, M.D., sees patients over 65 at the CHI St. Luke’s Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas, she no longer asks, “What did you do for a living?” She now asks if they are still working because many of her patients have yet […]

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Data as Currency

The Challenges of Achieving Interoperability Throughout healthcare, facilities and organizations are coming to terms with the nuances and challenges inherent in their journey to achieve interoperability. Prompted further by the industrywide shift to a value-based model of care, it’s more crucial than in years past for an enterprise to quickly reach interoperability. A 2017 survey […]

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The Power & Potential of Data

Q&A with Shay Bess, M.D. Shay Bess, M.D., believes the key to the future of medicine is data—and he works tirelessly to spread the message of its power to transform the quality of healthcare. As director of surgical quality and resource utilization for spine services at the Denver International Spine Center at HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s […]

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Dennis Robb Leads HealthTrust Europe’s Committed GPO Model

HealthTrust Europe’s value proposition – improving quality, safety, service and price for all contracted products and services – is achieved by engaging our healthcare partners and our awarded suppliers. See Page 48.  

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Optimizing Supply Chain via a Shared Services Model

Lynn Cook, CEO of HealthTrust’s Consolidated Service Center in Richmond, Virginia is profiled and explains how the Center provides supply and pharmacy distribution and logistics, purchasing and accounts payable, and more in this unique shared services model supporting healthcare facilities in four states. See Page 13.  

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