Case Studies

Innovation 90 is helping organizations tackle challenges like...

  • Creating patient engagement incentives to improve chronic care within a Medicare ACO
  • Providing a psych EHR to enhance population health strategies and efficiency in communication of care (without meaningful use dollars)
  • Attracting Millennials to preventive care
  • Consolidating into central registration with kiosks for 40+ clinics and outpatient sites
  • Developing an ED Virtual Wait Room App to improve the patient ED experience
  • Improving the accuracy of respiratory therapy consults

Here are a few examples of the successes that have been achieved.

St. Luke's Improves the health of its high-risk/high-need patient population

New Care-Transition Processes Proven a Success

To help it reduce patients’ preventable emergency department visits and hospital re-admissions, St. Luke’s Health Care System was seeking a way to improve quality of care and outcomes for its high-risk patient population.

Download the full case study to learn how St. Luke’s six-member, cross-functional AHA Innovation 90 team ideated, researched, developed and tested new care transition processes that have resulted in highly successful outcomes.

Save My Spot

CoxHealth Puts Patients in Charge of Scheduling Immediate Care

Because CoxHealth continually looks for ways to optimize patient access to care, it chose that as the focus of its AHA Innovation 90 project.

Learn how CoxHealth developed its “Save My Spot” app to help patients immediately find a facility most appropriate for their care needs and to reserve a time-slot for care. It is freeing up capacity in the emergency department, balancing workload across the system, and improving patient and staff satisfaction. Read the case study for details.

Change is on the Horizon

The Carle Foundation and its health plan look to engage millennials in their health and wellness

To improve patient engagement among millennials from a payer/insurance point of view, Carle and its health plan, Health Alliance, researched what health and wellness priorities might appeal to a millennial.

The primary product of Carle’s AHA Innovation 90 project will be a new set of health plan offerings. Download the full case study to learn more about this and other solutions — such as how Carle uses mobile apps to connect with patients, including a faster, more intuitive means of scheduling and easy access to claims information.

Reducing hospital violence issues

St. Barnabus team develops three-part strategy to address vulnerabilities

Violent behavior is always a risk in a big-city medical center, particularly in the emergency department (ED), the bustling point of intake. Following a shooting at a local hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx assembled a task force to reduce violence in the ED.

Read about the team’s three recommended solutions to address violent events and increase staff and patient safety.

Academic Medical Center Creates an Innovative Syringe

Enables Surgeons to Accurately Dose Patients While Using a Cystoscope

The Department of Urology at an academic medical center focused on a problem with dosing patients while using a cystoscope and syringe. Its design challenge: How do you safely deliver multiple doses of injection drugs to patients while keeping your eyes on the site through the scope? You can’t easily look down at the syringe to visually measure the dose, so how can you improve the dosing?

Through the use of an integrated team, design thinking and prototyping, the medical center’s AHA Innovation 90 team developed a new syringe that quickly solved the problem. Learn the whole story in the case study.

Hospital Develops New Capacity Management System

Cuts Frequency of Inpatient Overcapacity from 50 Percent to 10 Percent

A community hospital in the Washington, D.C., metro area was experiencing continual inpatient overcapacity issues that caused boarding problems and backup in the emergency department and post-anesthesia care unit. The hospital’s capacity-alert approach depended on the nursing bed manager and night house supervisors monitoring the capacity situation and alerting hospital management using a red-light system.

Unfortunately, the overcapacity situations seemed to recur quickly and everyone felt that the capacity-alert method was inadequate.

Download the full case study to learn how a team from the hospital participating in the AHA Innovation 90 program designed a new capacity management system that dramatically reduced its overcapacity problems.

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