Transformation

Sutter Health Appoints Rishi Sikka, M.D. as President of System Enterprises

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Transformation

Sutter Healthphoto of Rishi Sikka, M.D. has named Rishi Sikka, M.D. as president of system enterprises. A new role in the not-for-profit health system, Dr. Sikka will have executive oversight of systemwide services including Shared Services, Pharmacy, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Sutter Care at Home, Care Coordination and Sutter’s Shared Lab. He will join Sutter in early February 2017. 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

Sutter Health Helps Develop Comprehensive Diabetes Management Platform

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Sutter Health is among the first healthcare networks to partner with Onduo—a joint venture between Verily Life Sciences LLC, (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Sanofi—to support and simplify care for those with type 2 diabetes.

“This collaboration with Onduo further advances our work to develop engaging and incredibly personal care options for those with type 2 diabetes—and for their families—so they may live their very best lives,” said Chris Waugh, Sutter Health’s chief innovation officer. “Because our integrated network focuses on Northern California, where we care for one of the most diverse populations in the world, we offer partners like Onduo the unique opportunity to work with us to test treatments and tools in various care settings that can influence the care for people of all races and ethnicities.” Read More

Sutter Health Named 2016 Most Wired

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Most Wired logo 2016Most 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.

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Sutter Health Invites Public to Join Unique End-of-Life Conversation

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Transformation

Sutter Health and OpenIDEO challenge logo

Today, Sutter Health announced its involvement with a unique online forum for the public to share ideas on how to further enhance end-of-life care.

Through OpenIDEO’s homepage, an open innovation platform, Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system, asks the community to join an end-of-life conversation by visiting Sutter Health and OpenIDEO challenge webpage webpage and answering the question “How might we reimagine the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones?” The platform offers a place to share thoughts, collectively improve ideas, receive feedback and potentially launch a fresh idea. Sutter Health clinical leaders with experience in patient health management, palliative care and digital health helped shape this opportunity to engage the public in conversation. Funding for this project came from Better Health East Bay, one of Sutter Health’s philanthropic foundations; Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., a California Pacific Medical Center-aligned physician and philanthropist; and other community donors. Read More

Google Glass Startup Augmedix Secures $17 Million Strategic Investment from Five Leading Healthcare Systems

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 in Transformation

Major Healthcare Systems, including Sutter Health, Dignity Health, CHI and TriHealth, to Scale Augmedix EHR Charting Service Across Their Organizations with a Mission to Rehumanize the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president, chief of digital patient experience

Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president, chief of digital patient experience

Augmedix, Inc., today announced that it has closed a $17 million strategic round of funding that includes investments from five leading healthcare systems from across the U.S, including: Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc. and one more. Together, these organizations have over 100,000 healthcare providers who treat millions of patients nationwide.

Today’s strategic round will enable Augmedix and its investors to scale the Google Glass-powered service across health systems and private clinics nationwide. The service frees doctors from hours of mandated charting and documentation so they can get back to the work they love: taking care of patients. Read More