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by Becker's Health IT & CIO Review

Sutter Health’s approach to innovation and physician burnout

Digital health has arrived and health systems find themselves on a new playing field. AVIA network member Sutter Health has stepped up to the plate by creating a rigorous process for translating innovation into clinical practice called "4-REAL." Their leaders recently put the model to the test by taking on the issue of physician burnout. They took a big swing and hit a home run. Read more to discover their winning strategy.

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by Xconomy

Panel: Healthcare Innovation Has Lagged, But Future Could Be Bright

Highlights from WTN Media’s annual Disruptive Healthcare Conference where AVIA's Dr. P. Nelson Le spoke about evaluating, selecting, and implementing innovation.

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by MedCity News

Where some health systems are betting big on digital

Digital transformation requires bold actions, including changes to decision-making processes, financial models, clinical workflows, patient relationships, and measures of success. AVIA leads a network of provider organizations undergoing this transformation, from small and nimble community hospitals, to leading academic medical centers, to large health systems. They are working together to solve pressing challenges with digital solutions, and while they vary in size, they are united in action. And they are betting big on digital in three key areas to deliver outsized impact and shape the healthcare narrative.

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by Modern Healthcare Transformation Hub

Transformation Hub: Top 4 Criteria for Evaluating a Digital Rounding Solution

Patient experience has emerged as an important quality measure for healthcare organizations to track. Digital rounding solutions offer the opportunity to track patient satisfaction in real time and engage with patients more effectively across the enterprise - but where to start? Find out which four criteria matter most when evaluating your options.

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by Built In Chicago

Do happy employees make for happy customers? AVIA's founder thinks so

For a founder looking to build an impactful organization, hiring the right people is a great start. But once those people are in the door, establishing a culture that motivates them to do their best work is just as important — and possibly even harder.

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by Crain's Chicago Business

AVIA lands $7.2 million investment

AVIA, a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps hospitals focus on innovation and find startup partners, has raised more money and signed up more members.

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by Modern Healthcare

Best Places to Work in Healthcare - 2016

AVIA has been named as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016.

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by Crain's Business

Peoria's OSF hospitals launch $75 million VC fund

A hospital run by a small group of nuns in Peoria probably isn't the first place you'd look for the cutting edge. But OSF Healthcare, which runs 11 hospitals across the state, is one of a few dozen hospitals nationwide directly investing in startups.

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by Healthcare Innovation News

Healthcare Innovation News - March 2016 Issue

Hear why AVIA focused on providers in an effort to transform the healthcare system in the latest issue of Healthcare Innovation News.

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by HX360

How to Overcome Healthcare Innovation Obstacles

A great deal of energy and discourse surround the topic of innovation in healthcare, and it’s clear that changing the healthcare delivery model will be difficult and time consuming. With risk-aversion, prior investments and a misaligned payment system standing in the way, how can we bring about true transformation? This complimentary HX360 Innovation Insights whitepaper explores these challenges and what we can do to overcome them. Download the whitepaper and start transforming today.

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by MedCity News

The Healthcare Accelerator Tour: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

Accelerators have been nurturing young companies since startups became as hip as garage bands. (This was 2005ish… about the same time I was in my garage tuning my guitar.) Founders consume the wisdom of elders in a sleepless boot camp designed to spin up incredible value quickly. For the startup, the ticket to ride is somewhere around 6 percent of their seedling company in exchange for $20K and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the three-month program, usually concluding with a rockstar-like demo day event.

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by Jump Trading

Investing In Our Future For You

Inspirational quotes line the walls of Jump, but there’s one that sticks out to me as OSF HealthCare makes innovation a core component of its business model: “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Those words were uttered by Albert Einstein. They are words I hope resonate throughout the Ministry as we come up with ways to make health care more efficient and less costly.

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by Hospitals & Health Networks

Investing in Innovation to Disrupt Health Care's Status Quo

Health systems are putting money behind start-up companies to solve some of health care's biggest problems.

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by Forbes

Fighting Bad Guys With Health System Consolidation

The Power Rangers and Transformers have been staples on “children’s” television and in toy stores for a number of years.

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by Forbes.com

Health Care's Current "Productivity Paradox"

There has been a great deal of wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth about the lack of generalized improvements in health care delivery as we approach the beginning of the end of initial electronic health record (EHR) adoption.

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by Forbes.com

How Industry Can Manufacture The New Public Health

Healthcare is frequently described as an “art and craft,” while simultaneously as a technical and scientific endeavor, and providers of care have been comfortable with this paradox up to now...

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by The Economist

Bedside Manners

Small data from patients at home will mean big cost savings

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by Chicago Tribune

George W. Bush, innovation focus coming to town for health conference

Former president George W. Bush will headline a healthcare IT conference expected to bring 38,000 people to McCormick Place this week.

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by Forbes.com

Health Care's New Social and Structural Transformation

In 334 B.C., Alexander the Great, having triumphed in Macedonia and Greece, visited Troy en route to his Asian campaign. Although we know he visited the tomb of Achilles (whom he had admired, like no other, since reading Homer as a child)...

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by Medill Reports - Chicago

Chicago start-ups embrace digital health

2014 proved to be a stellar year for digital health. According to data from Startup Health, a New York based digital health accelerator, $6.5 billion was invested into the digital health sector in 2014, up 124 percent from 2013.

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by MedTech Boston

Connecting the Dots with Matter’s Steven Collens

Steven Collens’ days are full of conversations with entrepreneurs who are dreaming big, hoping to take advantage of our healthcare system’s current state up upheaval by presenting innovative solutions.

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by Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation

Innovation as Radical Common Sense

What is innovation? There are many answers to that question, not all of them helpful. It’s more than a new idea, process or tool. It’s more than improvement, more than being creative, and more than commercialization.

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by Forbes.com

What Healthcare And Airlines Have In Common

Health care providers have learned several lessons from the airline industry such as crew resource management, and checklists. That being said, one area in which we do not often seek guidance from those who fly the friendly skies is customer satisfaction. Why not?

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by Forbes.com

Embracing Less To Get More In Health Care

Shakespeare’s play Henry VI chronicles the turbulent events leading up to the fall of the House of Lancaster in the latter stages of the War of the Roses in England. The hand of time ...

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by The Mack Institute

Matching Entrepreneurs with Markets to Cure Health Care’s Woes

By some measures, the U.S. health care industry has the most expensive yet least effective system compared to other industrialized nations. While providers struggle to control costs while providing quality care, they face an innovation problem common to any distressed industry: With resources stretched to the breaking point, who has the means to evaluate — let alone select and implement — the novel solutions so desperately needed?

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by Health IT Outcomes

HX360 Innovation Challenge To Debut At HIMSS15

A new feature at HIMSS this year - the HX360 Innovation Challenge - will feature several rounds of competition which will come to a head when four finalists present their innovative ideas before a panel of judges.

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by MATTERChicago

Healthtech Incubator MATTER Announces $4.4 Million in Private Funding

Matter, a healthtech-focused startup incubator set to open early next year in Chicago's Merchandise Mart, announced Wednesday $4.4 million in private funding...

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by Healthcare Informatics

Health Systems Join Innovation Cohorts

As healthcare systems seek to become more nimble and figure out how to work with earlier-stage startups, several have joined "innovation cohorts" set up by AVIA, a Chicago-based healthcare accelerator with an impressive client list...

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by MedCityNews.com

HIMSS, AVIA Role Out New Platform to Promote 'Next Generation' Technologies

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and AVIA have co-developed what they describe as a new platform to promote the adoption and use of "next generation" technologies among healthcare providers...

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by Crain's Chicago Business

AVIA Lands $6 Million, Hires Former Accretive Exec

AVIA, a startup that helps hospitals find the next big things in health innovation, has lined up new funding, new customers and a new president...

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by forbes.com

Delivering Health Care By Drone

We may very well stand at one of those decisive turning points in history that separate whole eras from each other. For contemporaries entangled, as we are, in the inexorable demands of daily life, the dividing lines between eras may be hardly...

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by bluesky.chicagotribune.com

A chief strategy officer's view on risk appetite in health care

With health care systems undergoing sweeping change, providers have struggled to keep up with the influx of technology innovations on their own. Enter Avia, launched out of Chicago-based incubator Abundant Venture Partners. Avia works with its network of hospitals and health systems to find, pilot and scale early stage technologies...

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by hhnmag.com

The Innovation Imperative

Health care delivery has to innovate on a massive scale for higher performance. If you are an optimist, as I am, you see growth in health care costs moderating, coverage expanding, and important progress being made on patient safety and quality. But even optimists cannot be complacent. We are just scratching the surface of what must be done to transform the health care delivery system...

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by forbes.com

U.S. Medical Nationalism: The Measles of Mankind

The concept and practice of nationalism will likely run its course in a few hundred years, as the world objectively becomes more of the “global village” envisioned in the late 1960’s by the technology intellectual Marshal McLuhan. Although national pride can be a powerful galvanizing force, the associated impediments to information, wealth and cultural sharing are difficult to rationalize, and the lessons of Nuremberg and the Balkans illustrate the carnage associated with its illogical extremes. I believe that we are currently suffering (literally) in the U.S. from a form of “medical nationalism” – whereby we are resistant to incorporate ideas, or lessons learned, from other countries...

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by forbes.com

American Healthcare: The Emperor Is Naked

The overwhelming majority of healthcare providers and administrators I know are working hard to relieve suffering, and extend meaningful life. That being said, I am going to let you in on a big secret: The American delivery structure, where these caring individuals work, is not what you think it is...

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by forbes.com

Health Care Needs Reformation, Not Reform

An edifice in the distance diverted my gaze – it towered dark and massive above the modest homes surrounding it. Smoke bellowed from a chimney and the dim winter light reflected off of the massive, ornate windows. As I drew closer, I recognized the traditional symbol and knew it for what it was...

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by forbes.com

Changing Health Care is Hard

It seems as if a large number of health care leaders have developed a new form of "Executive Tourette's Syndrome," whereby they have lost the ability to control the utterance of the word "Innovation"...

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by himss.org

Cost Reduction for Innovation Initiatives Ranks as Top Priority for Healthcare Providers

Going beyond implementation of the electronic health record, healthcare providers increasingly look to innovation in order to reduce costs, improve patient care and increase patient safety. To learn more about how hospitals and health systems plan for, resource, and execute on their innovation agendas, HIMSS and AVIA launched...

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by modernhealthcare.com

Providers Net Uneven Results from ACO Experiment

The first results for Medicare's biggest accountable care experiment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act underscores the uneven progress so far by hospitals and doctors trying to curb healthcare costs by coordinating treatment and reducing unnecessary care...

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by Forbes.com

I Left My Non-Profit Heart in San Francisco

As I sat in a café last week waiting for someone to join me so I could have my tenth meeting of the day at the 32nd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, I looked through the large plate glass window at the passers-by on the sidewalk outside. It seemed as if some huge, dark blue and grey-suited army of executives...

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by histalk2.com

Health IT from the CIO's Chair

Two CIOs before me have written regularly for HIStalk. I'm honored to follow or join in their footsteps. I hope I can be a tenth as insightful as John Glaser was under his regular/irregular column of the past...

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by Crain's Chicago Business

How AVIA Hopes to Save Hospitals Lots of Money

Most people try to avoid getting caught in the middle. Not Eric Langshur. He can't wait to get between big hospitals and startups that are trying to reinvent health care...

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by Modern Healthcare

AVIA's Fred Brown Inducted into Modern Healthcare's Hall of Fame

Modern Healthcare is pleased to announce that Fred L. Brown, John R. Griffith and Yoshi Honkawa have been chosen as the latest inductees for the Health Care Hall of Fame...

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by himss.org

Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit to Focus on Lower Costs and Triple Aim

Introduced in May 2013, the First Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit opened under the direction of conference co-chairs Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System; and Wendy Everett, ScD, President, NEHI. Their leadership continues as co-chairs of the 2014 event, which will be held on May 13-15, 2014, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass…

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by chicagotribune.com

AVIA's Lyle Berkowitz Discusses Ways to Keep Doctor's Minds on High-Level Thinking

Dr. Lyle Berkowitz thinks he has a prescription for making doctors more efficient, productive and happy. A Chicago-based primary-care physician, he is associate chief medical officer of innovation for Northwestern Medicine and medical director of IT and innovation for Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago…

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by MedCity News

New healthcare accelerator to play matchmaker for hospitals, partners with HIMSS

A new healthcare accelerator that will focus solely on connecting promising early stage companies with health systems has struck a partnership with HIMSS, has started scouting companies and will announce its first hospital partner...

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