Please enjoy our Winter Reading List, a compilation of our most popular newsletter stories and blogs about our research, industry trends and public policy issues from 2021. We hope it helps spark inspiration for the new year.

We value our partnership in helping your organization deliver exceptional, cost-effective care and wish you a safe, healthy season and new year.

 

Research

 

Advancing Medical Knowledge: Members Tap Vizient’s Clinical Data Base for Research, Insights

For more than 35 years, Vizient’s Clinical Data Base has been the foundation for research studies appearing in nearly 850 publications, including JAMA Oncology, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Annals of Surgery and NEJM Catalyst. Learn why members seeking to advance scientific knowledge and improve care use the CDB data to look at outcomes, quality, safety, resource use and other topics across medical specialties.

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TechFlash Reports Evaluate New Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Outcomes

A 50-year-old patient schedules their first screening colonoscopy. If a polyp is detected during the procedure, it will be removed. In a new paradigm, the colonoscopist uses real-time artificial intelligence (AI) as a “second set of eyes,” analyzing each frame in the live video and alerting the doctor to a potential polyp. Artificial intelligence is anything but artificial, and Joe Cummings, Ph.D., Vizient’s technology program director, believes AI technology is already transforming the delivery of patient care for the better.

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Sg2 Report Details Procedure Sites of the Future: Prepare Now to Capture the Ambulatory Shift

After unprecedented declines in inpatient admissions and outpatient volumes in 2020, a new report from Sg2 projects a strong recovery for overall patient demands. While this is welcome news for an industry that has been reeling for the last 18 months due to an array of challenges related to the pandemic, digging into the details shows trends that will require shifts in resources and investments by provider organizations.

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BLOG: Children’s Hospitals Utilize Opportunity

to Strengthen Ambulatory Strategy

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BLOG: Medicine, Mortgages and the Middle Class

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Industry Trends

 

Vizient’s Member-Backed Ventures Program Delivers NewCo Market Intelligence, Partnership and Investment Opportunities

While COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of emerging digital technologies, it also made clear the need to transform health care delivery. In response to these market dynamics, Vizient launched its Member-Backed Ventures offering earlier this year for health care executives who want to learn more about health care provider startups and are interested in partnering, investing or co-developing them with another other health systems.

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Vizient Launches Health Equity Leadership Series to Share Insights and Member Best Practices

Many of the events of the last year and a half have brought attention to the longstanding and pervasive health inequities across the country. We have seen how significant the effects of COVID-19 have been on our country’s most high-risk and underserved populations, amplifying existing health disparities. Vizient and member hospitals have identified these opportunities as a call to action and something to work on in a more intentional way.

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Partnership Strengthens Vizient’s Commitment to Providing Transparent, Integrated Insights

Health systems generate more data than ever, including patient care and billing, supply utilization, operational cost and more. For informed decision-making, access to transparent, comparative data is essential. Equally important is the ability to connect the dots across those data sources to see the complete picture and uncover the most significant performance improvement opportunities. Vizient’s partnership with IBM Watson Health paved the way for the recent transition of clients from three of IBM Watson Health’s performance improvement solutions to Vizient’s analytics portfolio. The move provides subscribers with expanded benchmarking and networking opportunities and allows organizations of all sizes and types to benefit from meaningful comparisons and identify practices that are best-in-class.

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BLOG: Addressing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19 and Beyond: Finding Your Organization’s Fit

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BLOG: Five Things to Protect your Health System Pharmacy from Cyber Intrusions

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BLOG: Is Your Health System Ready for Direct-to-Employer Contracting? Four Keys to Success

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Public Policy  

 

Three Ways to Manage Challenges Associated with White/Brown Bagging Policies

Disruption can take on many forms in health care. It can lead to new technologies to drive more efficient care delivery, improved access to care and better outcomes for patients. In the case of payer-imposed policies, it can create roadblocks. According to a survey analysis of members conducted by Vizient, white and brown bagging policies are having a significant negative impact on the way specialty pharmaceuticals are dispensed by hospitals to treat seriously ill patients.

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BLOG: CMS Updates Star Ratings: Simpler Approach Provides Clarity to Drive Change

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BLOG: As Hospitals Look to Advance Health Equity, Federal Support Needed to Close Care Gaps

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Published: December 12, 2021