Breaking it Down: Biologics and Biosimilars with Steven Lucio

Steven Lucio breaks down what biosimilars are and aren’t as the pharmaceutical market gears up for Humira biosimilars to debut in 2023. 

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Vizient, AACN Celebrates 20 Years of Nurse Residency Program Success Transition to practice program supports more than 224,000 new nurses

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Learn about the impact the program has made on nurses and the nursing profession and check out the interactive timeline that highlights key milestones of the first 20 years.

 

 

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Takes Heart — and an Innovative Mindset

When Vizient's Sherri Mason and Debbie Baker began comparing national industry data to Vizient member data regarding TAVR procedures, they found that in terms of length of stay, complication and readmission rates, the numbers largely aligned. But more revealing was a trend they noted: the clustering of clinics in several urban areas and an almost complete lack of access in many rural ones.

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Not Sure if New Musculoskeletal Technologies Warrant the Financial Investment? Vizient’s Assessment Model Can Help You Decide.

Vizient's new musculoskeletal (MSK) technology assessment model helps healthcare providers evaluate clinical benefits, financial impact and market factors for emerging MSK innovations to ensure the best decisions for their organizations and patients.

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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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Vizient Launches Long-term Supply Assurance Services

Back in March 2020, America shut down as the rapidly spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus led to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vizient recognized the ripple effect caused by a growing pandemic along with historically low supply inventory and worked to find solutions to members’ growing supply shortages. What began as a crisis response has evolved into the Vizient Supply Assurance Services program, a long-term effort to develop strategies to assure members that supply needs will never again be severely disrupted.

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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. With combined vigilance, the detection rate goes up and the risk of cancer in the interval between colonoscopies goes down. 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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Forecasting Post-Pandemic Recovery: Sg2 Report Details Rising Acuity and Site of Care Shifts Over the Decade

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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