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Innovating in Healthcare Brings Unique Challenges—and Opportunities

The obstacles to innovating in hospitals and other real-world healthcare settings are uniquely challenging because patient safety, privacy and survival are constant considerations. Transformative technologies and business models can be successfully launched, but they need to address the greatest needs—including lowering the cost of delivering care, reducing readmissions, better engaging and empowering patients, and making […]

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HealthTrust Awards Scripps Health an Innovation Grant For Perioperative Opioid Stewardship Initiative

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 19, 2017—Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system based in San Diego, California, was awarded a HealthTrust Innovation Grant at the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. HealthTrustSM established the annual grant three years ago to sponsor and reward new, scalable ideas for advancing healthcare by improving care […]

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‘Personalized’ Medical Devices: Premium Price Often the Only Certainty

In the surgical field, personalized medicine has a role to play across all stages of patient care—including when physicians make a diagnosis, create a treatment plan, do preoperative preparations and give postoperative care. A relatively recent occurrence is the introduction of “personalized” medical devices, which come with a premium price but typically without evidence that […]

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Perioperative Pain Management Collaboration Summit

In April, HealthTrust hosted its first collaboration summit that brought together physicians, pharmacists, nurses and healthcare executives from five health systems to create provider-specific action plans for building an effective perioperative pain management program. Recent studies have demonstrated a connection between opioid drugs—the traditional means of alleviating post-surgical pain—and higher rates of complications. The practice […]

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The Evive Wellness Station

Americans throw away nearly 35 billion plastic bottles every year. That’s a staggering statistic, but it’s not surprising: As a whole, the United States goes through roughly 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s why beverage distribution company Evive Station is trying to keep people and the planet healthy with proper hydration and by eliminating […]

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Bolstered by a Strategic Partnership, St. Francis Hospital Improves Heart Attack Outcomes

Heart attack patients in the Medicare population experience high mortality rates and generate substantial healthcare costs. In light of the upcoming Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bundled payment mandates for heart attacks and coronary bypass surgeries, the inSight Advisory–Clinical Data Solutions team at HealthTrust is proving to be a strategic asset for hospitals wanting […]

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The Sepsis Detectives

Despite advances in modern medicine, sepsis—a life-threatening condition whereby the body responds to infection by injuring its own tissues and organs—continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in U.S. hospitals. More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed each year. But detecting sepsis early can be challenging, experts say, because the symptoms often mimic […]

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HealthTrust Workforce Solutions’ StaRN Program Answers Critical Nursing Need

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions has launched a unique educational opportunity to meet a critical need for specialty nurses: Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN). “We have an interesting phenomena going on right now in nursing,” said Tony Pentangelo, executive vice president of managed services for Workforce Solutions. “It’s very competitive for critical care nurses in […]

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Budgeting for Technology Feature

A few years ago, TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, began investing in limb preservation technology to better treat patients with vascular diseases who were at risk of amputation. The system includes new X-ray, catheter and ultrasound equipment to allow minimally invasive surgeries that remove blockages and restore blood flow to arteries. While the […]

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Healthcare Applications Spotted for Newly Showcased ‘Consumer’ Electronics

As part of the ramp-up to the 2017 HealthTrust Innovation Summit, members of the physician services team hit the road scouting for the latest greatest products with a meaningful role to play in hospitals. Out of the 3,800 suppliers at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 15 were showcasing products with potential applications […]

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Precise Prevention?

One out of every 25 hospital patients will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) during their stay, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections may result in severe health problems or require readmissions that drive up healthcare costs. While healthcare facilities have detailed processes in place for disinfecting rooms, the […]

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Always Ready, Always Vigilant

Infection prevention is both a challenge and an urgent priority for healthcare organizations. As threats emerge, the latest research identifies—or disproves—new infection prevention strategies. Payers, meanwhile, are increasing the pressure on providers to prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Knocking Out HAIs Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has made significant progress in preventing hospital-acquired infections. […]

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Aligning the Mind, Body and Spirit

This summer, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps—the most decorated Olympian of all time—caused a stir when he dove into the pool at the start of the 4×100-meter relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His back and shoulders were covered with round, purple bruises, leading commentators and viewers to speculate about what might […]

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Update – HealthTrust Innovation Grant Winner

In 2015, the “heart smart” team from Boston Medical Center (BMC) received a funding boost for the development of a clinical decision support tool to improve operating room efficiency and patient safety by preventing common bottlenecks and interferences that occur when patients with pacemakers have surgery. As the winner of the 2015 Innovation Grant, the […]

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HealthTrust Helps Members Harness Opportunities Created by Disruptive Innovation

The Growing Reach of Technology Transformers Imagine robots that act as stand-ins for doctors, watching over their patients as they recover from major surgery and regularly checking their progress. Through these robots, physicians can interact and care for patients from miles away. This is just one example of “disruptive innovation” and its potential for revolutionizing […]

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To Repair or Replace? The Medical Equipment Balancing Act

A major issue facing clinical asset and supply chain managers in healthcare systems is how to approach the repair and replacement of medical equipment. The dilemma? There’s not a one-size-fits-all winning formula. Safety is paramount, but supply chain managers must also consider the age and serviceability of the equipment, and the costs to service, repair […]

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