November 28, 2018
Health Care Roundup

Shelton radiology group wins innovation award

Photo | Advanced Radiology Consultants
Photo | Advanced Radiology Consultants
Advanced Radiology Consultants CEO Clark Yoder.
Greenwich Hospital staff members accept Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award in Orlando, Fla.

Advanced Radiology Consultants of Shelton was recently named a winner of a 2018 Imaging Innovation award for its iCare Quality and Safety Reporting system. Radiology Business Journal awards the distinction to recognize original breakthroughs in medical imaging.

The Shelton group developed its iCare Quality and Safety Reporting system to improve care and ensure patient safety, said CEO Clark Yoder.

"Open and candid communication among our team is the key to continuously improving the safety of the care we provide and the environment in which we work, Yoder said. "Advanced Radiology sought to create an easy-to-use but robust reporting program."

The company developed its own proprietary system when it was unable to find an existing reporting tool that met its needs and was suited to radiology. The iCare tool aggregates clinical information and allows staffers to track, analyze and continually improve processes and patient outcomes. All team members are encouraged to discuss issues and suggest improvements without fear of reprisal, Yoder added.

Advanced Radiology Consultants is the state's largest independent radiology practice.

Yale researchers funded for work on 24/7 blood pressure monitor

Two Yale researchers are among the team awarded $1.2 million from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a new blood-pressure monitoring system.

Harlan Krumholz, MD, and Erica Spatz, MD, are working with colleagues at Texas A&M on a device that can be worn on the wrist and measure blood pressure throughout the day and night and across a range of activities.

"My hope is that this technology will lead to a paradigm shift in the way that blood pressure is measured and will strongly improve our ability to reduce risk in the population," Krumholz said.

A wearable device could revolutionize the approach to blood pressure management, a technology that was developed over a century ago and has undergone few changes and enhancements over the years, the researchers said.

"From the outset, we are making plans to test the device in clinical populations and are oriented toward evaluating not only the validity of the information, but its usefulness in characterizing and treating hypertension," said Spatz.

Krumholz is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale, while Spatz is assistant professor of medicine in cardiology.

Greenwich Hospital honored for outpatient services

Press Ganey has awarded Yale New Haven Health's Greenwich Hospital with its 2018 Guardian of Excellence Award for Outpatient Services.

Known for its patient surveys, Press Ganey honors health-care providers who consistently sustain performance in the top 5 percent for each reporting period in the course of one year. "Maintaining this level of excellence reflects our ongoing commitment to deliver outstanding care and service every day," said Greenwich Hospital President Norman G. Rothl. "All of our employees – from the front-line staff to the medical teams, to those who work behind the scenes – are focused on providing our patients and visitors with the best possible experience."

The Guardian of Excellence Award was presented to Greenwich Hospital last week at the Press Ganey National Client Conference in Orlando. Fifteen Greenwich Hospital staff members attended the ceremony to receive the award.

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