Hospital leaders: I’m most thankful for … FierceHealthcare’s Advisory Board Share their Thanksgiving Notes

As Frank Byrne, president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., recently noted, healthcare doesn’t do very good job of  recognition, even though there is much to celebrate.

With the industry seeing new innovations, technology and healthcare delivery  models, we wanted to know what healthcare leaders were most thankful for this  year.

Here’s what some of our advisory board members had to say

Mina H. Ubbing  president and CEO of Ohio’s  Fairfield Medical Center is grateful for the opportunity to work together and  share resources throughout the continuum of care.

“We are working on this through an Area Agency on Aging grant to help reduce  30 day readmissions,” she told FierceHealthcare. Although Fairfield  hasn’t yet implemented wireless technology, Ubbing already appreciates

Mark Callahan (left), CEO of Mount Sinai Care in  New York City is glad the focus on population health survived the presidential  election. “While the Shared Savings Program has some limitations, it is  nevertheless an important evolution in the Medicare program,” he said.

It brings providers into direct collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding quality and cost effectiveness, making it  easier to align clinical and financial incentives, Callahan noted.

Jeremy D. Tucker (right),medical  director of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., told FierceHealthcare he’s most thankful for access to information. “The  exchange of information is vitally important to providing excellent, safe and  cost-effective care in today’s healthcare environment.”

For example, with health information exchanges, providers can share  information and make more informed decisions with additional data at their  fingertips, he noted.

Similarly, James Merlino (left),chief  experience officer at the Cleveland Clinic, told FireceHealthcare he’s  most thankful for the electronic medical record.

“The EMR is an important innovation that will continue to evolve as  technology continues to evolve around it,” he said. “This innovation has  transformed the way we practice and deliver medicine to drive safety, quality,  patient experience and value.”

Thanks to the EMR, providers can enter a unique patient identifier into a  hand-held tablet anywhere in the world and instantly call up a patient’s  history, lab work, diagnostic tests, procedure notes, and any other health  information. Moreover, they can sort it to only look for information  relevant to a particular encounter or disease state, enabling them to monitor  follow-up and compliance, as well as integrate patient engagement and education  tactics to better deliver care, Merlino noted.

Bob Sehring CEO of ambulatory services at  Illinois’ OSF Healthcare is grateful for the high degree of physician engagement  today, noting that physicians across OSF are actively involved in governance,  quality improvement and care management.

“Their involvement has produced high-quality programs while increasing  acceptance of the transformation of how care is delivered throughout our  delivery system,” he told FierceHealthcare.

Sehring also praised the movement of care management activities closer to  providers, such as having care managers embedded within a patient-centered  medical home. “This significantly increases the face-to-face interaction between  care managers, patients and their care team. It also increases the acceptance of  care management by the PCMH clinical and office staff,” he noted.

David Musyj (left), Windsor Regional Hospital  President and CEO applauded the ability to have patients order the food they  want, when they want and how much they want, subject to dietary  restrictions.

“Patients being able to order off a menu, similar to hotel room  service, has resulted in better patient outcomes, compliments regarding hospital  food rather than complaints, food and nutrition staff enjoying their jobs and  skyrocketing patient satisfaction scores,” he told FierceHealthcare.

The program leads to less wasted food and enables family members  to order off the same menu and share meal time with their loved ones, he noted.  Moreover, patients learn what foods meet their dietary restrictions and what  items are off limits as they order off the hospital menu.

With increased opportunities for care coordination, ever-evolving technology  tools enhancing the transfer of information, and hospital food that actually  helps patients stay healthy, there’s clearly much to give thanks for in  healthcare this year. What would you add to the list?




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