Transformation

Sutter Health announces collaboration with Augmedix and Google Cloud at HIMSS18

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 in Transformation

Collaboration is one of several new Sutter Health innovations to improve the doctor-patient experience

 

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Northern California-based, not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced it is working with Augmedix to benefit from the power of Google Cloud. Sutter Health has one of the largest deployments on Augmedix’s documentation platform, which now runs on Google Cloud Platform. The collaboration is one of several new Sutter Health innovations for patients and healthcare providers to help make the healthcare experience more simple, engaging and human.

“We are committed to creating new and meaningful ways to support our patients and clinicians,” said Albert Chan, M.D., chief of digital patient experience at Sutter Health and a family medicine doctor who uses Augmedix and Glass Enterprise Edition with patients during clinic visits. “Glass with Augmedix takes care of many of the administrative visit tasks, which allows doctors to focus on what we care most about—helping our patients.”

Now that Augmedix is powered by Google Cloud Platform, Sutter plans to add a machine learning tool to assist doctors by triaging in-box messages from patients, as appropriate. Future plans include implementing more GCP-enabled AI and machine learning modules to supercharge scribing services so they can support doctors in other ways as they are caring for patients. Read More

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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