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the hospital and their patients vulnerable to hackers, HIPAA violations and unplanned outages due to incompatible and outdated technologies.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 – Senior Resource Center – Timber Grill Food Trailer Senior Outreach Events

Issue Food programs, such as meal site kitchens, were not readily available to the aging population of the very isolated rural regions of Sawyer County, Wis. Solution Senior Resource Center implemented a pilot project in which a food trailer (named the Timber Grill) would visit isolated rural parts of the county to provide meals and […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Optimizing Point of Use (POU) Technology

Issue Implementing a Point of Use (POU) inventory management system in the Parkview Health medical surgical areas resulted in scanning compliance of approximately 70%. According to POU vendors, 70% is considered a benchmark, however, with $25 million of chargeable supplies passing through the POU system on an annual basis, settling for the industry standard of […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Manage Social Determinants of Health

by Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere During a recent presentation at Intermountain Healthcare, someone shared the phrase, “ZIP code is more important than genetic code,” when referencing what is now generally known as population health management. Healthcare providers must understand that they need a strategy to solve health problems before they show up in […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Mankato Surgery Center – Managing the Supply Chain and Inventory Efficiencies

ISSUE Mankato Surgery Center was noticing variables in the year-end physical inventory counting, inconsistencies in product nomenclature, inaccuracies in identifying consignment inventory, and inaccuracies of the physical counts that lead to significant over-valuation of inventory and difficulty in determining profitability. SOLUTION A newly created multi-disciplinary Inventory Efficiency Workgroup identified the general assumptions and developed a […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Clinician Engagement

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Sustainable success when it comes to supply chain initiatives, or truly any strategic initiative in a healthcare setting, is most likely achieved by involving representatives from all levels – executives, physicians, other clinicians and supply chain management – in the decision-making process. Physician involvement especially is critical for […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Measure and Manage Cost and Margin

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Margin compression has wreaked havoc on the bottom line of healthcare providers over the past several years. This is an area where it pays to be more proactive than reactive. Comprehensive cost and quality data are critical to project success. Discussions should start with benchmark data for the […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – The Importance of Scale

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Mega-mergers, coupled with increasingly challenging market forces and an ever-shifting political landscape, have cast a cloud of confusion over where the U.S. healthcare delivery system is heading. The trend is toward larger systems, physician practice consolidation, supplier mergers and acquisitions, insurer M&A and integration, and new, creative partnerships. […]

Introducing the 12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – How Do You Define Disruption?

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Daily news reports and happenings in the healthcare industry reflect what some might call the chaotic healthcare environment – everyone is seeking answers – Washington, private business collaboration, large healthcare provider responses, insurers, pharmacies and other points of care. What remains ever-more evident, is that value-based care will […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Highlands Hospital – IM WELL (Integrative Medicine – Women Excelling Living Life)

ISSUE Women within the community voiced concerns that they felt their health was not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Additionally, women wanted techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and help to achieve optimal health status. SOLUTION Based upon the results of a Community Health Needs Assessment and the completion of a Strategic Plan […]