Transformation

Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Plusoptix Collaborate to Improve Vision Screening for Kids

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 in Quality, Research, Transformation

Easy to use, kids-friendly vision screening devices can help reduce the risk of lazy eye by more than 50 percent through comprehensive vision screening.1

 PALO ALTO, Calif.—Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sutter Health , a leading not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Plusoptix, a world leader in instrument based vision screening, today announced they are working together to help improve routine vision screening for children in pediatric and family medicine clinics. More than 30 clinics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) are utilizing vision screeners from Plusoptix as a way to ensure young children are thoroughly screened for eye disorders. Read More

Pat Brady Retires After Transforming Sutter Roseville Into Regional Medical Campus

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Expanding Access, Quality, Transformation

New CEO Jennifer Maher to Continue Hospital’s Commitment as Placer County’s Premier Medical Center

 

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – After 17 years of transforming Sutter Roseville Medical Center from a community hospital into a regional, tertiary medical campus, Pat Brady is retiring from Sutter Health. Jennifer Maher, former CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital, is the new CEO of Sutter Roseville. Brady’s last day is Jan. 2, 2018.

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Sutter Health Joins Cutting-Edge Study for Early Breast Cancer Detection

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Research, Transformation

Under the guidance of Sutter Health Research, several Sutter Health sites across Northern California are participating in a study that is evaluating a new tool for detection of early stage breast cancer.

The multicenter study, called the STRIVE Study, will evaluate a new blood test to be complementary to mammography for early detection of breast cancer. The test is being developed by GRAIL, Inc., and the study is recruiting women at mammography centers across the Sutter Health system and Mayo Clinic.

“The STRIVE Study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and has the potential to improve how we screen for breast cancer in the future,” said Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, Sutter Health’s chief research officer. Read More

Sutter Delta Medical Center Has the Energy to Care

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Transformation

By their very nature hospitals are energy-intensive facilities. Read how one hospital sought to change that.

Hospitals consume more energy per square foot than any other type of commercial building outside of the food and beverage industry. It’s easy to see why: hospitals operate around the clock, using complex medical equipment that is critical to patient care.

“What most people forget is that we also refrigerate and sterilize supplies, maintain a full cafeteria and patient food service and run computers night and day,” said Tim Bouslog, Facilities and Guest Services Director for Sutter Delta Medical Center. “With these demands it’s understandable that the utilities – gas, electric and water – add up.” Read More

Sutter Health Collaborates with Qventus to Drive Down Pharmaceutical Costs

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Quality, Transformation

AI-based Platform to Improve Patient Experience, Enhance Pharmacy Operations

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network announced today that it will collaborate with Qventus to use the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform to enhance inpatient pharmacy operations across its healthcare system. The real-time platform will help Sutter Health reduce inpatient drug spending and support clinical teams by improving the effectiveness of pharmacy workflows and quality practices.

“Leveraging AI and analytics will help us deliver safer, more affordable care for our patients,” said Sameer Badlani, MD, FACP, vice president and chief health information officer for Sutter Health. “We’ve built a reputation for transforming healthcare, always thinking ahead, learning and innovating. This collaboration is another next step to help those we serve achieve their best health.”

Pharmacy operations is a growing opportunity for hospitals. More than 90 percent of hospital leaders report that price hikes for inpatient drugs have had a moderate or severe effect on managing overall costs. Additionally, hospital pharmacists understand the need to balance personalized service with increasing patient volumes. Clinicians have the added challenge of managing and monitoring lots of pharmaceutical usage data across disparate systems.

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Sutter Health and Quartet Collaborate to Advance Mental Healthcare in Northern California

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Expanding Access, Quality, Transformation, Wellness

Platform enables better teamwork between primary care doctors and mental health specialists to improve total patient health and well being

Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare system in Northern California, and Quartet, a data-driven health technology company, today announced they will advance the connections between mental and physical healthcare in Sutter Health’s network. This collaboration is designed to improve overall patient health and well being for residents.

Nearly half of the U.S. adult population has a chronic physical disease, and two-thirds of those have an accompanying mental health condition. These patients account for 50 percent of overall healthcare spend. However, patients suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can have a significantly higher quality of life and learn to better manage their physical symptoms by addressing their mental health needs. Only by treating physical and mental health together, can overall patient well being be improved. Collaborative care, and giving patients better access to mental health services, has been proven to be highly effective both in improving patient outcomes and driving down healthcare costs.

“At Sutter Health, we are taking strong steps to raise awareness and further educate ourselves and the communities we serve about the importance of mental healthcare. Our work ranges from partnering with organizations to broaden access to support services, address workplace mental health, and even expand the use of electronic video evaluations in our own emergency departments,” said John Boyd, Sutter Health CEO, Mental Health Services. “Strengthening our efforts to integrate mental healthcare throughout our system, specifically into our primary care network, and being a champion in community-based care is another critical part of the solution—one that will take innovative companies like Quartet.” Read More