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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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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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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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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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HealthTrust Awards Innovation Grant to LifePoint Health for Antimicrobial Stewardship

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—July 25, 2018—LifePoint Health®, a leading healthcare company based in Brentwood, Tennessee with a mission of Making Communities Healthier®, today was awarded the HealthTrust Innovation Grant for its antimicrobial stewardship program and demonstrating the organization’s commitment to appropriate antimicrobial usage. LifePoint will apply the grant, valued at $50,000, to advance its capabilities in Days […]

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Care Across Distance

The Benefits & Potential Drawbacks of Telepharmacy Services When telepharmacy programs began in the early 2000s, the idea was simple: enable pharmacists to review prescription orders remotely. A physician prescribed a medication based on a patient’s needs and sent off orders to be reviewed by a pharmacist before a nurse administered the medication. In rural […]

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Blockchain

The Next Frontier in Healthcare? Of all the technologies expected to transform healthcare over the next decade, blockchain may be the one many industry leaders find the most puzzling. Like with interoperability, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, there’s no shortage of hype about the distributed ledger technology, including conferences and consortiums devoted to exploring […]

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Precision Medicine & the Trend Toward Genomic Testing

The availability of genetic information has enabled healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat disease. In line with the national trend toward the increased use of genomic testing, PCL Alverno, a laboratory services company owned by Franciscan Alliance, is in the process of purchasing its first genome sequencer. “Years ago, nobody could sequence a genome […]

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STS 2018 Annual Meeting: Five Highlights

The transition from surgical to percutaneous treatment approaches, and how to optimize outcomes of patients needing valve repair or replacement, were among the dominant themes of this year’s Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annual meeting, held Jan. 27 – 31 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was joined at the meeting by colleagues Robin Cunningham, R.N., […]

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An Ounce of Prevention

Making Patient and Employee Safety a Priority In 2007, Thomas and Zoe Quaid, newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, almost died after they were accidentally given an overdose of heparin, a blood thinner medication, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Medical errors like these get a lot of attention and, unfortunately, they […]

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Member Success Story

The Value of a Seamless Integration How RWJBarnabas Health transformed its supply chain operations before, during and after a merger On April 1, 2016, Barnabas Health merged with Robert Wood Johnson Health System to create RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive healthcare system with 11 acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and a medical staff […]

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Strengthening Your IP Squad

At the end of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest data on its Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program. As the name suggests, the aim of the program is to reduce hospital-acquired conditions like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) and catheter-related urinary tract infections. CMS is […]

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Healthcare Innovation

Service Lab: Healthcare Innovation

For people with neurological injuries or disorders, there’s often no such thing as full recovery—most will live with the condition for the rest of their life. Because of this, the assistance needed extends far beyond outpatient care and the occasional doctor’s visit. Most neuro patients are left to navigate complex treatment paths alone, along with […]

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Healthcare Innovation

Jumpstarting Innovation

Virtual reality headsets aren’t just for video gamers. At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, surgeons have begun using virtual reality (VR) headsets to prepare for complicated heart surgeries on very small hearts. Traditionally, they were unable to fully understand a child’s heart problem until they started operating because images rendered on CT and […]

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Member Success Story

In 2014, providers wrote nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions. The intention may have been noble—to alleviate patient pain—but the fallout has been devastating. Since 1999, sales of opioid prescriptions have quadrupled, and so have overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. As the government and other public health agencies sound the alarm on this […]

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Healthcare Innovation

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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