Innovative Approaches to the Delivery of Healthcare category:
Torrance, CA’s HealthCare Partners and California Hospital Medical Center have developed a hospitalist program that has significantly improved the management of patient flow, quality of care patients receive, and expediency with which care is provided. For example, since December 2008, there have been dramatic decreases in readmission rates for heart failure and acute care patients.
Sacramento, CA’s HopkinsMD’s proto-type influenza vaccination clinic in the Sacramento International Airport has vaccinated more than 2000 travelers and airport employees in the last two flu seasons , and provided educational materials to many more travelers at a major metropolitan airport that hosts over 25,000 travelers daily.
Wilmington, DE’s Maryland eCare – a collaboration of seven independent Maryland hospitals and an area insurer – is addressing critical care physician shortages by bringing tele-ICU technology that provides supplemental, specialized care to rural ICUs, connecting physicians, nurses and patients via voice, camera and data feeds, enabling hospitals to provide specialized care around the clock.
Westlake Village, CA’s Specialists On Call provides hospitals nationwide with immediate 24/7 access to expert emergency-trained neurologists via telemedicine, having performed over 10,000 such consultations in less than five years – the majority for stroke patients. Considering that time lost is brain lost in most neurologic emergencies, timely and appropriate care is paramount, or patients faced far worse outcomes, complications, and longer l
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