IRVING, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE), April 29, 2021 - Vizient, Inc. released the latest issue of Medical Device Tech Watch, highlighting new insights for same-day discharge of cardiac patients as well as the potential for leveraging artificial intelligence to help identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Additionally, among other articles, the report examines a service line approach for how to improve care for patients with hip fractures. The report can be downloaded here:

“Staying abreast of technology advancements, best practices, and updated industry guidelines for optimal patient care in orthopedics and cardiology requires a careful analysis of health care publications, clinical studies, expert insights, data, and metrics,” said Bryan Grossman, vice president, Physician Preference Items, Vizient. “This quarter, we have focused our attention on a range of surgical and operational topics and how data and technology can improve both.”

Featured articles include:

“Same day discharge recommended for an increasing number of select interventional cardiology patients:” Average length of stay for interventional cardiology patients continues to decline. Data shows that for select patients, overnight monitoring can be avoided with no increased mortality, rehospitalization or other complications. With a future that includes more same day discharge for these procedures, a shift in revenue will follow as they transition from inpatient to an ambulatory setting.

“Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to detect patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest:” With more advanced electronic medical records in place and the vast amounts of data that can be generated and analyzed through artificial intelligence, AI could be incorporated into the care continuum. AI can help clinicians identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest based on screening protocols that identify low ejection fractions as well as clinical symptoms such as heart failure and electrocardiogram readings.

“Applying a service line approach to improve hip fracture care:” More than 300,000 people sustain a hip fracture in the U.S. annually and that number is expected to grow. Research is clear that reducing the wait time from the emergency department to surgery leads to improved outcomes, and a service line approach can help narrow that wait time. The article outlines the four phases of a service line approach and details how to improve the hip fracture system of care from the emergency department to pre-op and surgery to post-discharge care

Vizient Medical Device Tech Watch is a quarterly publication. Previous issues may be accessed here.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. In 2021, Vizient acquired Intalere, which expanded its footprint with ambulatory and rural acute care providers. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at


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