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  • Hospital Impact - Reaching the steep and rigorous healthcare innovation mountaintop
    reimbursement or acceptance of the product If a group purchasing organization that buys for thousands of hospitals chooses to select only full product lines then single products may be left out even if they are truly breakthrough Innovation is not a simple endeavor It takes a long term commitment and dedicated team of professionals to successfully surmount these obstacles Yet we all know that we must climb the innovation mountain because without change it is almost impossible for a health system to operate in this new and more demanding healthcare landscape While serving as the COO for St Joseph Health my team and I examined how we could transform our health system and bring about the important breakthroughs needed in healthcare After much research and discussion we determined that an independent center designed to support innovation across multiple hospital systems could be viable if it had the financial support to allow for the lengthy healthcare innovation incubation process There is a large runway from concept to commercialization It can take five to 10 years to ramp up a program to be self sustaining We evaluated many healthcare service companies that charge nonprofit health systems billions of dollars annually e g construction billing coding and explored how we might capture these revenues as part of a for profit limited liability corporation called The Innovation Institute We could invite independent health systems to invest in The Innovation Institute and benefit from the profits earned by these service companies A portion of the earnings could also be earmarked to provide all the resources necessary to sustain a long term innovation program called the Innovation Lab including an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Innovations In January 2013 The Innovation Institute was launched And today we have four health system member owner investors that have joined us including Irvine California based St Joseph Health Marriottsville Maryland based Bon Secours Health System Baton Rouge Louisiana based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and Children s Hospital of Orange County in Orange California Two more member owner investors are scheduled to complete negotiations and join by the end of this year In October 2015 The Innovation Institute introduced Boston Scientific Dell and Deloitte as collaborators and partners for the Innovation Lab The Lab provides these partners with the ability to participate in facilitated innovation sessions focus groups and product and service co development They are also given digital access to healthcare professionals use of the Innovation Lab space and marketing exposure through our exhibit showcase space The industry partners are granted special access to our Innovation Lab portfolio and idea pipeline with the goal of identifying projects that find synergy with existing or targeted product objectives With partners like these by our side who will work together with our physicians and employees we expect to see exponential growth in medical device development information technology advancement and research that will benefit the patient or consumer Working together our climb to harness technology to reduce costs and improve patient

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  • Hospital Impact
    As Peter Diamandis M D founder of Singularity University says the rate of change in healthcare is going to be exponential I believe that over the next 15 years through technology advances and genomics caregivers will have the ability to target and cure many diseases The likely results will be that many diseases will be eliminated and the average life span in the United States and other developed countries will increase Personalized medicine also known as precision medicine will provide treatments that are specifically designed for an individual s genome so that they are more effective Impact on the healthcare system Today healthcare providers are paid through a fee for service model As healthcare reform evolves the business model to population health personalized medicine can reduce the burden of treating certain diseases that can be cured Today many diseases are chronic in nature and create a burden on healthcare by driving up costs As we eliminate these costs through cures there will be more people living longer which will then impact care delivery with an increase in dementia stroke and other breakdowns related to aging The financial impact of this shift is yet to be determined Read more Leave a comment How innovation can help health systems tackle big picture delivery issues July 2nd 2015 by Joe Randolph The Innovation Institute brings multiple health systems and like minded partners together to collaborate on big picture care delivery issues Prevention is at the top of every list It is also something all health systems can get in front of through innovation These are the key areas that we tackle through the integration of innovation strategies Prevention of costly procedures and medications Working with health systems to find alternatives to curtail expensive surgeries and medications can have a huge impact A good example of this is the treatment of appendicitis A study published recently in JAMA found that antibiotics may be a strong alternative to surgery in uncomplicated cases Research that questions treatments and surgeries like this that have been commonplace for more than 100 years can result in disruption and lower costs Read more Leave a comment The importance of inspiring daily innovation within hospitals June 11th 2015 by Joe Randolph As president and CEO for The Innovation Institute an incubator for healthcare ideas for hospital systems I have the opportunity to meet regularly with hospital leaders Many are dealing with significant challenges as they strive to manage rising costs while improving care I empathize with their situation and suggest innovation as a solution and a different approach that could bring about positive cultural change as well as new revenue streams Although advances in technology and new therapies have helped drive down costs improve productivity and extend patient lives there is much still to accomplish and billions more dollars to cut to reduce waste and missed prevention opportunities If other prices had grown as much as healthcare costs have grown since 1945 a gallon of milk would cost 48 according to

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  • Hospital Impact - Healthcare IT and the lack of security hygiene
    years of leading multiple IT organizations I have seen more examples of poor IT security hygiene than I could care to recount I have been the unfortunate recipient of multiple brand new direct from the factory medicine dispensing cabinets that once connected to my network came with the joyful early Christmas present of the Gimmiv A Server Service Vulnerability Trojan Surprisingly the medicine dispensing cabinets ran on top of an antiquated operating system that had long been out of support There are numerous other security hygiene mistakes that people also invariably make when using technology such as an employee trying to plug in a USB stick that they happened to find in the parking lot and other cringe worthy activities Read the full commentary at FierceHealthIT Leave a comment Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Enter your search terms Submit search form Web www hospitalimpact org Get Hospital Impact in your inbox Healthcare Industry news Final Obama budget takes aim at opioid addiction superbugs Zika outbreak White House seeks 1 8B to respond to virus More hospitals replace nurseries with rooming in with moms Hospitals must train millennial nurse leaders in empathy frontline engagement St Louis hospital creates unit to improve outcomes through innovation 4 ways hospitals can foster family centered care Pediatric ER seeks to limit stressors for autistic patients Nurses hospital groups clash on Massachusetts bill to improve response to violence Superbug linked scopes Feds failed to act on earlier outbreak 8 developing healthcare trends Hottest Products Compare Top Solutions in Hospital Management Electronic Medical Billing Software Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Practice Management Software Clinical Information Systems CIS Clinical Data Repository Software CDR Medical Billing And Coding Medical Transcription Services Healthcare EDI Systems Evaluate more than 4 000 products Healthcare Finance news The shifting

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  • Hospital Impact - 'Thank you': Two simple words that convey so much in healthcare
    I approached him from behind I could hear him praying softly I stood silent allowing him the quiet moment he needed at that time As the team stabilized his wife the gentleman shuffled into the room and gently placed his hand on the shoulder of the physician then turned to address everyone in the room His voice was barely audible but there was no mistaking what he had said Thank you Thank you Thank you I pushed a chair up to the side of the stretcher and help him sit down beside her As I lowered the side rail he slipped his under the sheet to find hers Her eyes opened slowly and as she turned her head toward the two of us she whispered thank you Stepping back into the hustle and bustle of the main ER I saw new patients arriving and the team jump into action As I gazed across the room I too found myself saying those two simple words thank you Thank you for your commitment to patient care I left the ER and walked back toward my office As I passed through the hallways I witnessed several more acts of kindness followed by the two simple words that convey so much thank you It does not matter the magnitude of your kindness what matters is that you cared enough to help someone in need Darlene A Cunha M M H C B S N R N is a regional vice president of hospital operations for Prospect Medical Holdings Leave a comment Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Enter your search terms Submit search form Web www hospitalimpact org Get Hospital Impact in your inbox Healthcare Industry news Final Obama budget takes aim at opioid addiction superbugs Zika outbreak White House

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  • Hospital Impact
    important so make it count No one likes a helicopter leader one who swoops in quickly deduces what s wrong and puts a plan in place without input from the folks on the ground We have all been there You know the type the leader who doesn t take the time to get to know the team but instinctively knows what s best Nothing is more important than that first impression You may have heard it referred to as an executive presence Be authentic sincere and committed to providing true leadership You must be approachable and lead by example Read more Leave a comment Engage patients to survive the turbulence of value based care April 8th 2015 by Darlene A Cunha I am writing this on a plane with my seatbelt strapped tightly around my waist We have just experienced what the pilot casually referred to as slight turbulence It dawned on me that slight turbulence to him was not the same to me My gut was in a knot and by the expression on the faces of my fellow passengers they didn t think it was slight either I was reading an article on value based care as I bounced about in my seat and thought about all the healthcare policy changes that have occurred over the past 18 months Those of us in healthcare know and understand that commotion in this industry is expected and eventually passes with time but the turbulence we have undergone and continue to face does not have an end in sight Read more Leave a comment Great leaders must learn grow from mistakes December 18th 2014 by Darlene A Cunha In May I talked about the attributes of great leaders The subject drew a lot of attention over the past year as healthcare continues to evolve in this ever changing climate of reimbursement and accountability Recently Mitch Robbins wrote a blog for The HealthCare Initiative on leadership The article was a great reminder that Leadership is a daily task not just a title Great leaders make mistakes The difference between great leaders and others is that great leaders see these mistakes as learning opportunities Here are some lessons learned by some of our great leaders Read more Leave a comment Daily feedback more effective than annual performance reviews November 26th 2014 by Darlene A Cunha Performance reviews create angst and fear We all have to give them and almost everyone who s evaluated hates it More often than not it is a pretentious bogus practice that produces nothing any thinking executive would call a plus Don t get me wrong reviewing performance is good but it should happen every day not once a year Recently I gave a performance review to an employee who struggled with some basic job responsibilities On three separate occasions I met with this employee to discuss the unsatisfactory performance and outlined how to improve the work The employee was perplexed and shocked having never been evaluated like that

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  • Hospital Impact
    big data Mark and I used ethnographic research that my firm has been conducting on consumer experiences with urgent care centers UCCs As we observed people coming for urgent care listened to their reasons for coming followed up with what happened after the visit the journey they were on we heard a story that was hard to find in the data We soon realized that there was more to the story that could help us better understand the growing demand for urgent care access Read more Leave a comment RSNA 2015 Is this the year that radiology turns the corner November 24th 2015 by Matt Hawkins M D Innovation is the key to our future That s the slogan for RSNA15 Innovation of course can be interpreted in variety of ways though There is the scientific and technological approach to innovation This approach results in new ways to image the human body advance science treat various ailments and diagnose disease MRI elastography novel radiopharmaceuticals 3 D printing from DICOM data and further fMRI advances fall under this definition of innovation These advances are an absolute necessity for our field to continue to thrive in healthcare s future But they come at tremendous cost and often result in only small incremental improvements over technology that is already ubiquitously available The excitement surrounding these Star Trek like innovations deems them worth the dollars or so it seems These exciting scientific imaging based applications pave the way for academic careers and receive extensive attention at national meetings They are the driving force behind journal articles entitled A single institution s initial experience with Technology X or Intermediate results in patients treated with Technology Y or my favorite Pilot study of Technology Z to evaluate feasibility and efficacy of implementation Read the full commentary at FierceHealthIT Leave a comment Imagine the possibilities when healthcare community leaders pursue a common goal November 19th 2015 by Scott Kashman Last week we had our ribbon cutting for our Pathway to Discovery It represents a tangible display of our optimal healing environment I had a chance to reflect back and I m sure many thought it was a crazy idea to create this pathway across our campus even though it reflects the values of healthcare today Focus on clinical care and coordination Focus on health wellness and well being Focus on community engagement Read more Leave a comment What UnitedHealth is doing to tackle low health literacy November 19th 2015 by Steven Rush Imagine traveling to a country where you don t speak the language Picture trying to find the right train to take you to your destination and not being able to read the signs at the station or ask anyone for directions For many Americans this is similar to their experience interacting with the healthcare system In the United States more than 90 million adults have low health literacy or difficulty understanding and using their health information The Department of Health and Human Services defines health

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  • Hospital Impact - Design optimal healing environments with space, respect
    that room think again The team is non judgmental and supportive of one another when someone wants to use the space Guess what I now receive more requests for those kinds of hospital spaces and larger meditation type spaces for staff volunteers physicians patients and families 2 How do you show the respect for your care team This goes beyond friendly exchanges This is about understanding what each member does and how they contribute So when a nurse or physician is in the patient room and housekeeping or the phlebotomists enter think about the introductions Introduce them as part of the care team explain their role why it is important and how it contributes to the patient s care The support services should be able to do the same for other support services professionals nurses and physicians For example housekeeping keeps infection down and cleans the room Phlebotomists are drawing blood to further analyze the patient to better guide their care Let us hear about the healing spaces you ve created within your organization or home Please share examples of the ways you cultivate healing relationships at your organization No doubt space and respect will support engagement and correlate to the type of healthcare organization where we all want to work Scott Kashman serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cape Coral Hospital part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida Leave a comment Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Enter your search terms Submit search form Web www hospitalimpact org Get Hospital Impact in your inbox Healthcare Industry news Final Obama budget takes aim at opioid addiction superbugs Zika outbreak White House seeks 1 8B to respond to virus More hospitals replace nurseries with rooming in with moms Hospitals must train millennial nurse

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  • Hospital Impact - Creating optimal healing environments: Connectivity
    ecological sustainability practices including recycling green products and packaging reduction Since our journey towards an optimal healing environment involves practicing healthy lifestyles and enhancing care through social support and communication I invite everyone to join me and others on dailymile The site s mantra We re a community who encourage and inspire one another as we achieve our goals I encourage you to do the same We can utilize it as one more way to connect and support each other as we achieve some of our personal health goals A friend and former colleague shared this challenge with me and I d like to do the same with you Are you willing to share your Personal Health Goal s we can monitor throughout the year No doubt even sharing this is uncomfortable and that is what helps each of us reach our full potential In turn our organizations reach their full potential in which we our patients and families are the beneficiaries What are your Personal Health Goals based on one of the following five categories Spiritual Emotional Social Intellectual Physical Connectivity with intention and purpose is vital to your cultural transformation Enjoy your evolution Scott Kashman serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cape Coral Hospital part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida Leave a comment Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Enter your search terms Submit search form Web www hospitalimpact org Get Hospital Impact in your inbox Healthcare Industry news Final Obama budget takes aim at opioid addiction superbugs Zika outbreak White House seeks 1 8B to respond to virus More hospitals replace nurseries with rooming in with moms Hospitals must train millennial nurse leaders in empathy frontline engagement St Louis hospital creates unit to improve outcomes through innovation 4

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