Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology for a Better Patient Experience
Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show:
- The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
- Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care.
- More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.
Six Sutter Medical Network (SMN) physician organizations that participated in the annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey, ™ including all five medical foundations, earned Elite status—the highest honor awarded by CAPG, a trade association for physician organizations. The survey measures medical group infrastructure against multiple criteria, such as patient experience, population health and affordability.
SMN Elite Status winners (5 stars/highest recognition):
- Brown & Toland Physicians, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties
- Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties
- Sutter Medical Foundation, serving Amador, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties
- Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, serving San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Del Norte counties
Physician organizations voluntarily participate in CAPG’s Standards of Excellence ™ survey. This year, 114 medical groups—covering more than 14 million patients nationwide— took part in the evaluation. The survey ratings, which assess medical group performance in six rigorous categories, help consumers evaluate a physician group’s technical quality, patient experience and affordability. Read More about Sutter Health Physician Organizations Earn Top Honors for Patient Care
March of Dimes and Sutter Health announced today a multi-year March for Babies® sponsorship renewal through 2018. March for Babies, March of Dimes’ premier fundraiser, supports lifesaving research and educational programs that improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Sutter Health began supporting March of Dimes 19 years ago and has been the presenting sponsor of Northern California March for Babies since 2003. To-date, Sutter has raised nearly $8.7 million for the March of Dimes and the past four years has been the top healthcare March for Babies fundraising team in the nation.
In this renewal, Sutter Health continues as the signature sponsor of eleven March for Babies events across Northern and Central California in the communities of San Francisco, the East Bay area, the North Bay, Solano County, the greater Sacramento area, Silicon Valley, Pacific Grove, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno and Visalia. This year, 3 million people plan to participate in March for Babies events in 500 communities across the United States. Read More about Sutter Health and March of Dimes Renew Multi-Year Sponsor Agreement for March for Babies
Highest Performing Systems Consistently Deliver Higher Quality More Efficiently
Truven Health AnalyticsTM today named Sutter Health and Sutter’s Valley Area among the top-performing health systems in the country. In its 15 Top Health Systems® study, Truven recognized Sutter Health and its Valley Area as two of the nation’s top five performers among large health care systems.
Truven gathered data from 338 health systems and nearly 3,000 hospitals. It singled out 15 large, medium and small health systems that achieved superior performance based on a combined score of five measures of care quality, patient satisfaction, cost per episode of illness and operational efficiency.
The Sutter Health Valley Area, which encompasses the greater Sacramento and San Joaquin valley regions, is larger than many health systems in the nation. Accordingly, Truven evaluated the Valley Area’s combined performance and size, as well as the performance of the entire Sutter Health system. Both received top five recognition in Truven’s “large system” category.
Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® Program recently earned a spot in CAPG’s 2015 Case Studies in Excellence publication. CAPG’s annual report features case studies from among the country’s most innovative healthcare organizations.
The case study titled “Sutter Health’s AIM Program: Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients and their Families,” highlights AIM as a successful example of risk-based coordinated care and an example of how health providers can successfully improve systems to drive better quality and better care experience for patients.
AIM, available in 19 counties across Northern California, provides highly personalized, home-based medical care and emotional support to patients with advanced chronic illness so they can feel empowered to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
For more information, visit Sutter’s Advanced Illness Management website.
Sutter Health raised $659,437 for the March for Dimes this year, making 2015 Sutter’s 12th year as the top fundraising team in Northern California for the national foundation. The March of Dimes also recognized Sutter Health as its top healthcare fundraising team in the United States for the past five years.
Sutter Health has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1998 to promote safer birth experiences for moms and their babies. Over the past 17 years, the healthcare network raised more than $7.9 million to support life-saving research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start at life.
Women gave birth to more than 35,000 babies in Sutter-affiliated hospitals in 2014. For a comprehensive online guide to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn go to our Sutter Health Babies website.