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In the News: Feb 28–Mar 7

Patient-Centered Approach Applied to Workforce

A recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review discusses how Legacy Health in Portland, OR, is taking a more humanistic and patient-centered approach to workforce management. The patient-first solution encourages health systems to assess the impact of staffing on patient outcomes rather than solely focus on labor cost containment. Beginning in 2015, Legacy Health undertook a strategy in which its workforce technology system was integrated with other systems, including a patient acuity system and daily productivity trackers. Legacy Health ultimately found that an integrated system resulted in standardized organizational terminology, policy practices, workflow and technology, which yielded positive feedback from staff.

Sg2 believes that hospital workforce planning requires the following systems: care team maximizers, service consolidators and compensation balancers. Workforce challenges require attention from the senior leadership team across all health care systems. To learn more about Sg2’s strategic recommendations for workforce planning, read the Sg2 Report Inpatient Workforce Planning.


New Assessment Reduces Cardiac-Related Admissions

An article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to reduce hospital admissions and cardiac stress testing by using new criteria to assess the level of risk patients with chest pain have for subsequent cardiac events. Emergency physicians have named the assessment tool HEART—a measurement that takes into consideration history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors and troponin. For patients who came into the ED with chest pain, implementing HEART led to a 4.4% decrease in hospital admissions and cardiac stress testing. There was no increase in missed heart attacks or rate of death in patients following the implementation of HEART.

Over the last decade in the US, innovations in care redesign and technology have led to decreases in the mortality rate and inpatient discharges for cardiovascular patients. The projected rise in prevalence of cardiovascular disease to nearly 45% of the US population by 2030 will require cardiovascular programs to heighten their focus on delivering value to remain viable and relevant in their markets. To learn more about the outlook of cardiovascular care, read Sg2’s Expert Insight Have We Reached the Floor for Inpatient Declines in Cardiovascular Services?


Wireless Sensors Developed for NICU Babies

An interdisciplinary team of physicians and engineers at Northwestern University recently developed soft, flexible wireless sensors that replace wired sensors currently used in hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Not only are the wired sensors clunky, but they also pose a barrier to parent-baby contact and physical bonding. The team also recently completed a study utilizing the new sensors at Prentice Women’s Hospital and Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Researchers found that the wireless sensors delivered data as precise and accurate as the traditional wired sensors while simultaneously being gentler on premature babies’ skin and allowing for more physical contact with their parents.

No matter what level of NICU your hospital offers, it is probable that new trends—such as the development of wireless sensors—impact your market and care delivery models. Our pediatric experts look out for key trends and drivers impacting the neonatology landscape. To learn more about the landscape of neonatology and to hear our experts discuss recent trends; what to be on the lookout for in future NICUs; and how opportunities can vary based on the scope of pediatric services, footprint and competencies, watch Sg2’s on-demand Neonatology Landscape 2018 webinar.

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