Around the nation: Teen patients become inventors at Lucile Packard Children's

Packard Children's Hospital Stanford launched an innovation center earlier this year to help get patients out of their rooms, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kansas, and Missouri.

  • California: Two teenage patients who are being treated for leukemia at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford have used the hospital's innovation lab to develop inventions to improve teenage patients' stay at the hospital. For instance, the teens, Aaron Ge and Ryan Sathianathen, have developed a privacy doorbell that providers and visitors can ring to announce their arrival at a patient's room, as well as a pain meter that patients who have difficulty speaking can use. Stanford opened the innovation space earlier this year to encourage young adult patients to get out of their rooms (KTVU FOX 2, 11/8).

  • Kansas: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is partnering with Shawnee Mission Health to launch Spira Care, a health plan that will combine primary care and insurance into a single offering. Blue KC CMO Greg Sweat said, "The goal is to not have all of that administrative paperwork thrown at patients. ... The overall experience should be drastically different." According to Sweat, Spira Care-branded clinics will provide primary care, routine lab testing, X-rays, and behavioral health services at no-cost to plan members. Blue KC plans to open a Spira Care clinic in Olathe in January and a second in Shawnee in April (Reuter, Kansas City Business Journal, 11/8).

  • Missouri: A school nurse and police officer sprang into action to save a Grandview teenager whose heart stopped while she was at school. Nurse Mary Rhodes and Officer Brett Meyers revived the teen, Isabella, with an automatic external defibrillator—which Rhodes several years ago worked to have installed at the school. Two weeks after the event, Isabella returned to school. "It's just incredible to see her walking back in here," Rhodes said (O'Brien, Fox4KC, 11/8).

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