Coalition Working to End Drug Shortages, Together

Jane was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She had already received two therapies and was on a treatment that appeared to have decreased the size of her cancer per her most recent scan. When Jane arrived for her next infusion appointment, she learned that the drug was unavailable. She knew this drug was working for her and that other medications may be less effective and cause her hair to fall out again. Jane’s story is one of many examples of patients who continue to be impacted by drug shortages. 

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Hospitals and patients nationwide benefit from Group Purchasing Organization collaboration

No care is delivered if physicians and health care providers lack the medicines, supplies, devices, and equipment needed to treat patients. It is at this intersection of clinical care and supply chain management where Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO) reside.

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Understanding the Five Drivers of Quality and Performance for Every Health System

For health care organizations, it is well documented that sustaining quality is the measured hallmark for top performance. Vizient research identifies five key organizational characteristics that support an organization’s ability to sustain top performance and quality.

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Healthcare Leaders Turn to Tech to Address Clinical Workforce Challenges

Necessity is the mother of invention. But as hospitals and health systems look to technology to address their workforce challenges, necessity also seems to be the mother of adoption. The ripple effects from COVID-19 have highlighted the need for reimagining who delivers care and how they deliver it.

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A Unique Social Needs Index Offers Insights into the Drivers of Health Equity

A unique social needs index distinguishes specific neighborhood vulnerabilities and their impact on community health outcomes and life expectancy in a way that hasn't been done before. “Health equity” and “social determinants of health” (SDoH) are terms often used in health care to brand measured needs in underserved populations and communities. Yet in many of those communities, the connection between people and the issues surrounding those needs is fragmented and disconnected. Vizient is working to change this through the development of a unique vulnerability index that will serve as a singular clinical data index for SDoH at the neighborhood level. Designed to support members' existing health equity strategy, the patent pending Vizient Vulnerability Index™ can save hospitals and health systems from having to embark on similar indexing research.

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Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Dashboard is, Naturally, a Perfect Solution for Sustainability Insights

Vizient's EPP dashboard is a robust, one-of-its-kind tool that helps healthcare organizations identify sustainable products and evaluate the amount of their spend that contains products with harmful chemicals or other environmentally undesirable characteristics. The best part? As of this year, it's free to members.

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Four Ways Clinical Leaders Can Strengthen Patient Safety Through Suicide Risk and Prevention Safeguards

Tragically, suicide is a serious public health problem that impacts millions of lives each year. Patient safety in health care settings is a core responsibility, and suicide risk and prevention are widely recognized as critical components of patient safety programs. Compliance to Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ standards are vital in reducing the risk of patient suicide. Here are some tips to maximize patient safety.

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Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Paints Bigger Picture by Linking Testing to Treatment

Recent innovations in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (NMMI) represent several scintillating moments that have a big-picture effect on health care.

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Five Strategies to Implement Now to Support Your Hospital’s Newly Licensed Nurses

Throughout the country, nursing vacancies are at an all-time high. Many hospitals and health care organizations are filling these vacancies by hiring a record number of newly licensed nurses (NLNs). As we navigate nursing workforce challenges, organizations need to focus on addressing the unique needs of these nurses in creative ways. Here are five strategies nursing leaders can implement now to support your hospital’s NLNs.

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Three Steps to Navigate the Perfect Storm of Clinical Workforce Shortages

The current workforce shortage may feel familiar, but that doesn’t mean answers are easy or obvious. Navigating the storm requires a comprehensive approach with a long-term mindset around three main components: Recruit, Retain, Reimagine. 

 

 

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