In the 18 months since Cleveland Clinic launched its virtual second opinion program, The Clinic, 72% of cases have resulted in changes to patient’s treatment plans, and 28% of the time there has been a change in diagnosis.
The report, Nurses: The Secret Factor for Better Supply Chains, an annual market report issued by healthcare inventory provider Syft, highlights hospital supply chain challenges at the point-of-use and key areas that require improvement.
How are hospitals and health systems positioning their organizations for the future in a post-pandemic world? While there are countless ways innovation has accelerated the transformation of healthcare delivery over the past year, this article features six worth noting.
A year living through a pandemic has made this issue even more abundant—older patients, and those with chronic conditions, have been among those most at risk for severe, life-threatening conditions, including those attached to COVID-19. And what happens when one of these patients is placed on a ventilator, unable to voice their wants in terms of treatment? To avoid these scenarios, the industry needs to ensure providers, caregivers, patients, and families are engaged in advance care planning discussions.
HCCI is one of the country’s leading advocacy and education organizations for home-based primary care. Julie Sacks, MSW, was recently promoted from chief operating officer of HCCI to president and chief operating officer. Sacks joined HCCI in 2015 as vice president of operations and advancement.Previously, she was senior director of programs and services as well as director of the National Young Onset Center for the American Parkinson Disease Association.
A year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold in the U.S. in Washington state, which forced healthcare organizations there to spring into action against a virus that health experts knew very little about. One such organization, Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, successfully managed to transform its processes and has been selected as the winner of the third annual PSQH Innovation Awards.
Quality improvement is crucial, not only to benefit the patient but also to enhance processes for the staff. “[Quality improvement] has the best outcome for the team and ultimately for the patient, so it’s mission critical for an organization,” says Kerri Scanlon, executive director of Northwell Health’s Glen Cove Hospital .
Efficient communication and sharing of data are key to patient care improvements. The healthcare integration market is enormous—expected to hit $7.5 billion by 2026—and organizations are constantly on the lookout for better ways to collaborate securely to improve patient care.
One of the hallmarks of community paramedicine is that patient care starts—and in many cases, stays—in the home. By delivering treatment through in-home health services, patients receive streamlined treatment when they need it at a fraction of the cost. In addition, in-home care reduces demands on local healthcare systems.
On episode 18 of PSQH: The Podcast, host Jay Kumar talks to Lee Steere of Hartford Hospital about how the hospital transformed its infusion therapy practices.