- Arkansas: The Delta Regional Authority has awarded a $200,000 grant to the college of osteopathic medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The school intends to use the grant to establish a consortium with five hospitals to open residency programs. The first residency slots are expected to be available in two or three years (Friedman, Arkansas Business/Sacramento Bee, 2/9).
- Massachusetts: UMass Memorial Health Care has made several investments over the past year to help its ambulances operate in the snow. For instance, UMass has purchased several all-wheel drive ambulances, equipped them with snow shovels, and staffed its own fleet of SUVs to pull ambulances out of the snow. "In past years we have had to wait for tow trucks," said Michael Hunter, UMass Memorial's EMS deputy chief and communications supervisor. Having a dedicated fleet of trucks "has really cut down on the wait time to get our ambulances back in service or back on track to the hospital" (Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 2/9).
- Ohio: Three Cleveland-based health systems—University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and MetroHealth—are joining forces to create the Northern Ohio Trauma System network. The new network is an expansion of a trauma network created in 2010 by Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth. The trauma network will help all three systems coordinate care, jointly evaluate outcomes, and standardize where patients are taken for treatment. Bernard Boulanger, chief clinical officer and EVP for MetroHealth, called the new network a "great Cleveland story." He added, "At the end of the day this is all about saving lives" (Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2/9).
Other hospitals are going digital. Do you have a virtual strategy?
A phenomenon that is quickly gaining traction in the health care world, virtual medicine represents a unique opportunity to deliver high-value care to consumers while also increasing the geographic scope of your organization and improving clinical outcomes.
Implementing a virtual medicine program takes careful clinical and IT redesign to successfully meet the needs of consumers. Don’t get left behind—start exploring your virtual care options now.