Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Columbia County Health System – Materials Management Redesign

Issue Materials Management was a forgotten department at Columbia County Health System. There was a problem with inventory “shrinkage,” but the department was so disorganized that it was hard to determine the cause of the issue. The facility utilized four group purchasing organizations (GPOs), however, contact was minimal and benefits were not being realized. Solution […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Improving Transition of Care in Nursing Facilities: Pharmacists Supporting the Interdisciplinary Team – Southwest Medical Pharmacy (part of OptumCare)

Issue OptumCare strives to provide innovative healthcare to its patient population and wanted to develop a program that would help ease the process for the patient as they transitioned into and out of the long-term care setting. A pilot project was developed to show the benefits of having a pharmacist involved in the skilled nursing […]

Health IT Week Brings Focus to Transformational Impact on the Healthcare Model

By Richard Mackey, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Intalere U.S. National Health IT Week, September 23-27, is a “nationwide action week focused on catalyzing change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology.” The goal is to work toward and highlight outcomes that demonstrate the power that information and technology have […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (CCHA) Regional SANE Training Program

Issue Considering the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 185,468 sexual assault victims residing in southeastern North Carolina, however, there are limited practicing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) due to vicarious trauma, funding barriers and burnout. For adult victims, the lack of SANEs results in untrained nurses completing their sexual […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Bay Aging Veteran Directed Care Program

ISSUE Many veterans receiving home-based care through traditional services often suffer from the lack of quality and quantity of care they receive from their providers, or they are receiving care by unpaid family members. Thus, it is difficult to remain independent at home. In the rural areas of Virginia, traditional agency services are often unreliable […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Certified Nurse Aide Training Program for Arbutus Park Retirement Community

Issue Arbutus Park Retirement Community (APRC) had a shortage of qualified applicants to fill open positions for Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs), which was discovered to be a regional and national issue. Solution APRC created a CNA Training Program that would not only benefit APRC, but the community as well. An in-house training instructor with previous […]

Julius Heil

The Connection and Importance of Being Provider Led – Member Driven

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Intalere recently announced our 11th annual Healthcare Achievement Awards, a program through which we recognize our members for their outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, communities and business partners in reducing healthcare costs, improving healthcare quality and serving the community.  We also are further recognizing and honoring […]

Peter Cayan

Foodservice and the Healthcare Satisfaction Index – Four Things You Need to Get Right

By Peter Cayan, Vice President Supply Chain and Nutrition Consulting First in a series of periodic blog posts based on the Intalere Illuminated Path Podcast Series Today, foodservice in a hospital is a support service function. Think of it as a hotel. You go to a hotel, you stay at a hotel, the housekeeping and […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – New York City Health + Hospitals/Sea View – Antibiotic Stewardship

Issue Misuse and overuse of antibiotics is a pressing public health issue in our country. Many adverse events have been attributed to antibiotic use compromising quality of life and safety of patients. Via a quality assurance process, New York City Health + Hospitals/Sea View recognized a large percentage of its residents triggered for antibiotic use. […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – The University of Vermont Medical Center – Cybersecurity, Who’s Protecting Your Patients’ Digital Information? Technical Standards Review and the Role Supply Chain Can Play in Enforcement and Compliance

Issue Many hospitals rely on their suppliers to protect their patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI), leaving both the hospital and their patients vulnerable to hackers, HIPAA violations and unplanned outages due to incompatible and outdated technologies. Solution To take the responsibility for protecting patient data out of the hands of their suppliers, The University of […]