Process Improvement

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the hospital and their patients vulnerable to hackers, HIPAA violations and unplanned outages due to incompatible and outdated technologies.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 […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Summit Pacific Medical Center-Supply Chain Transformation

Issue The Summit Pacific Medical Center (SPMC) materials management department needed to shift from a manual procurement-focused ticket system to an inventory-based, data-driven, end-to-end supply chain model to provide enhanced support and value to SPMC clinical areas. Solution By the end of 2017, the SPMC materials management team had succeeded in expanding and improving inventory […]

Deliver Value to the Customer and the Community

by Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere As in any consumer transaction, customers must feel that they have received proper value from their medical care provider. But as we have touched upon throughout other sections of this briefing, that value must be balanced between cost/quality factors to ensure sustainability for all. All options, including alternative […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Milford Regional Medical Center-Redefining Traditional Roles to Reduce Readmissions

ISSUE The senior management team and board of trustees of Milford Regional Medical Center identified reducing avoidable readmissions as a hospital-wide goal. Although certain diagnoses contribute to the bulk of readmissions, Milford Regional identified medication, discharge planning, patient and family engagement, and social issues (transportation and nutrition) as key areas affecting readmissions. SOLUTION The facility […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Washington Rural Health Collaborative Achieves Value-Based Readiness and Transformation

ISSUE With CMS and Washington State detailing specific targets for transitioning to value-based payment (VBP), and private payers clearly expressing their intent to accelerate the transition, rural providers must create the infrastructure and culture to manage the transition or run the very real risk of being left behind and compromising access and outcomes for the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Leveraging RFID Technology and Value Analysis to Manage Expiring Inventory-University of Chicago Medicine

ISSUE Expiring medical devices represent significant financial costs to healthcare institutions, but also represent a risk to patient safety. An issue that is many times dismissed as a ‘cost of doing business,’ expiring inventory is a problem that required University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Supply Chain to effectively engage clinicians and suppliers in order to […]

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Product and Equipment Trials Project Analyst

ISSUE In a growing IDN, migrating to the Institutes Model of organizational structure, more specialty and subspecialty physicians are being recruited into Parkview’s healthcare system. Parkview clinicians make significant efforts to ensure evidence-based best practice products and equipment meet patient needs and provide for optimal patient outcomes. These initiatives have led to a significant upturn […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Lompoc Valley Medical Center – Robot on Call – Telemedicine Saving Lives

ISSUE Because the Lompoc Valley does not have a neurologist available around the clock, patients displaying signs of a stroke are often transferred out of town to larger hospitals with more advanced treatment capabilities, delaying potential life-saving care and forcing a patient’s support network to travel to be near the patient. SOLUTION After several months […]

Ten Steps to Labor Productivity

  By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Executive Resources Specialist and Stephanie Dorwart, CEO, Altius Healthcare Consulting Group (Adapted based on information from Altius Healthcare Consulting Group) Improving labor productivity within hospitals and healthcare systems has become a core element that compels organizations to seek new approaches to working more efficiently. In order to gain control […]