Transformation

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

Sutter Health Welcomes New Innovation Officer

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Transformation

image of Chris WaughChris Waugh joins Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network as its first chief innovation officer.

Waugh will use his extensive experience in what’s known as human-centered design—a practice that relies more on creative approaches to problem solving, and less on conventional methods—to guide Sutter Health’s innovation strategy. Waugh is a passionate proponent of the method, inspiring audiences to channel their inner designer through his Results May Vary podcast and speaking engagements such as his TEDx San Jose’s “Can We Use Design to Make Life More Interesting?

Working with other Sutter Health colleagues, he will refine and expand innovation practices, cultivate new ways to delight patients and families, and improve healthcare delivery processes. Waugh and his team will also serve as the “front door” through which outside innovators can connect and collaborate with Sutter Health in new ways to enhance quality outcomes and the overall patient experience. Read More

Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Transformation

Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report. Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California.  This year our annual report focuses on our:

“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must reimagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

Sutter Health and CVS Health Create New Clinical Collaboration

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in Expanding Access, Transformation, Wellness

Clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network announced a new clinical collaboration with CVS Health today. CVS Health will securely and safely provide prescription and visit information from MinuteClinics, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, to Sutter Health’s electronic health record (EHR) for Sutter Health patients who seek care through the nearly 1,000 MinuteClinics nationwide, and/or have prescriptions filled at a CVS/pharmacy. Through this collaboration, Sutter Health and MinuteClinic practitioners will also work together on planning strategies around chronic care, wellness and patient care coordination.

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