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Hoana Medical and Hawai'i Union Health and Welfare Trust Funds Partner to Fix Healthcare
Date:9/10/2008

ately notifies the hospital nursing staff -- all invisible to the patient since there is no physical connection to the patient whatsoever.

Now, the LifeBed's 24-hour continuous vigilance of patients is a paid benefit for all union members, their dependents and retirees. This means that more than 230,000 people will have access to cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology while in the hospital -- all paid for by the union health and welfare trust funds, reimbursing hospitals at $18 per day per bed. This improves the quality of patient care while reducing the costs to the unions and their members and dependents -- providing a substantial return-on-investment. It's this type of disruptive approach, coupled with new technology that will ultimately solve the nation's perplexing healthcare issues. For Hawai'i, this represents nearly 30 percent of the state's current workforce and showcases the unions' commitment to partner with technology providers and with hospitals in the growing need for improved patient safety and quality in healthcare, which ultimately reduces costs.

According to the HealthGrades(1) 2006 Report, the State of Hawai'i ranked last in a nationwide survey of patient safety incidents. Patients admitted to hospitals in Hawai'i are more likely to die from a patient safety event than anywhere else in the United States. Hawaiian hospitals were rated the lowest performers in two key mortality indicators including "failure to rescue" and "death in low-mortality DRGs."

"This looks like an emerging trend in healthcare; we are beginning similar conversations around the rest of the U.S. We hear so much about the problems with healthcare and the unanswered rhetoric question 'how can we fix healthcare?' These unions have decided to be part of the solution -- their decision to provide the LifeBed technology as a paid benefit is part of a much bigger issue. They are taking responsibility to address this problem for their members, rather than wait fo
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