Quality

Sutter Health Joins IBM Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Quality, Research

Sutter Health has joined the IBM Watson Health medical imaging collaborative to find ways to use the power of the Watson supercomputer to identify and predict the risk of cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the eye, brain and heart for patients.

The collaborative is designed to provide IBM Watson a real-world experience and share real-world findings because hospitals and health systems may employ different imaging machines, operational approaches or medical protocols.

Watson is a cloud-based system that analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions in everyday language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining knowledge over time, from previous interactions. Read More

Sutter Medical Network Physician Organizations Recognized for Quality Care

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Quality, Scroll Images

Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group one of six physician organizations across the state to receive a 5-star designation

Six physician organizations connected to not-for-profit Sutter Health received recognition today for providing high-quality care to patients from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California.

Using 13 clinical quality measures, IHA assigned star ratings to 186 physician organizations across the state based on how well they provided care to Medicare Advantage patients in 2015. Measures range from rates of breast exams and colorectal screenings to eye exams and blood sugar control for patients with diabetes.

Sutter Medical Network members honored for achieving a 4.5- or 5-star rating for 2016-17 include the following physician organizations:

5-Star Quality Performer

4.5-Star Quality Performers

Most Improved Performers

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HomeCare Elite Ranking for Five Sutter Sites

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Quality

Sutter Care at Home, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, announced that five of its home health sites have been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than 10 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The five Top Agency Sutter Care at Home sites are Novato, Roseville, Sacramento, Salinas and Santa Cruz.

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The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center. Read More

Sutter Health Hospital Campuses Earn 2016 Top Hospital Distinction

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 in Quality, We're Awesome

The Leapfrog Group® named two Sutter Health hospital campuses to its annual list of Top Hospitals. The elite distinction honors hospitals that demonstrate excellence in safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Group awards the Top Hospital recognition to less than three percent of all eligible hospitals.

Sutter Health hospital campuses named as Top Hospitals in 2016 include:

“Our doctors and hospitals partner together to coordinate care, which absolutely contributes to improved patient outcomes,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Our integrated approach also plays a big part in enhancing the patient experience and controlling costs—all elements that are important to those who place their trust in our care. We take that responsibility very seriously and are proud to continue innovating on their behalf.” Read More

Sutter Health Pilots Velano Vascular’s Innovative Needle-Free Blood Draw Technology

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Health network views Velano’s technology as a way to further demonstrate commitment to patient and practitioner-centered care

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network is among the first in the country—and the first in California—to offer patients a novel needle-free blood draw technology from Velano Vascular.

The PIVO™ vascular access device is an innovative solution to the age-old challenge of consistently drawing high quality blood samples with less discomfort and anxiety for hospitalized patients while enhancing safer care for practitioners.

“Blood draws are a near universal experience in healthcare – a critical procedure that can cause emotional trauma for some patients,” said Sutter Health Chief Innovation Officer Chris Waugh. “Every moment matters while patients are in our care. If we can help make them feel more comfortable and at ease, then we are creating a healing experience at all levels. Our collaboration with Velano Vascular is the first step of what we envision will be a ground-breaking journey toward a new industry-wide standard of more compassionate care in blood draws.” Read More

HQI Vanguard Award for Sutter Health’s AIM Program

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Quality

HQI Vanguard Award 2016

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management Program Wins HQI Vanguard Award

Top honors for unique program in home health patient safety, quality improvement

Fairfield, Calif.— Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program won the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Vanguard Award—a remarkable feat for a program that launched as a small pilot in 2009 with a visionary approach to that part of life between relative wellness and hospice care.

“Sutter Health’s AIM program application was chosen from a field of 53 qualified applications, reflecting a remarkable breadth and depth of quality work occurring in our state,” HQI President/CEO Julianne Morath said. “This is a successful global solution to a problem that affects every family sooner or later.” Read More