March 6, 2018

Around the nation: Ochsner Health teams up with tech companies to predict patient emergencies

Daily Briefing

    Ochsner Health System in New Orleans has teamed up with Epic and Microsoft to create a tool that predicts whether a patient is likely to experience an adverse health event, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Louisiana, and Vermont.

    • California: UC Davis Medical Center announced that it will offer eligible families on Medi-Cal no-cost genomic testing, which is used to find rare genetic disorders. To be eligible for the no-cost genetic test, patients must have a referral from their primary care provider and receive approval from a committee that the test would help doctors identify a diagnosis (Sullivan, Sacramento Bee, 3/1).

    • Louisiana: Ochsner Health System in New Orleans has teamed up with Epic and Microsoft to create a tool that predicts whether a patient is likely to experience an adverse health event. The tool monitors patients' vitals and health data and notifies nurses of warning signs that patients might "code," or have their heart or breathing stop (Farr, CNBC, 2/28; Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 2/28; Bresnick, HealthITAnalytics, 2/28).

    • Vermont: Rutland Regional Medical Center has named Claudio Fort as president and CEO. Fort recently served as the CEO of North Country Health System in Newport, as well as CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital in Illinois. Fort succeeds Tom Huebner, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/2).

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