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Taking Action to Better Manage Drug Shortages

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Mar 21, 2019 9:12:00 AM

Mar. 21, 2019 - Recently, I came across a series of detailed graphs showing drug shortage statistics that provides a snapshot of the ongoing epidemic of drug shortages from 2001 to 2018. These statistics were compiled by the University of Utah Drug Information Service and published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The seven graphs revealed the rate of new shortages is increasing. Long-term active and ongoing shortages are not being resolved. There are also inadequate supplies of basic drugs, which has a serious negative impact on patient care and pharmacy operations.

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Shortage Management

How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 3

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Mar 7, 2019 8:11:00 AM

Mar. 6, 2019 - Welcome to Part 3 of our blog series examining the drug shortage crisis. Part 1 covered the rapid increase in prices and the types of drugs most commonly affected. Part 2 delved deeper into the impact on hospital systems’ ability to manage drug spending and shortages. Here in Part 3, we’re looking closer at drug shortage impact on clinical staffing and the effect on patient care.

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Prices

How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 2

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Feb 22, 2019 12:05:00 PM

Feb. 21, 2019 - Welcome to part two of a three-part blog series about the drug shortage crisis. Part one covered the rapid increase in prices and the types of drugs most commonly affected. Here in Part two we’re delving deeper into the impact on hospital systems’ ability to manage drug spending and shortages.

These posts are inspired by insights from the January 2019 report, “Recent Trends in Hospital Drug Spending and Manufacturer Shortages,” which was issued jointly with the American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Prices

How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 1

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Feb 8, 2019 10:21:08 AM

Feb. 8, 2019 - We’re all familiar with skyrocketing prescription drug prices and the challenges posed by drug shortages. Thanks to a new report, we now have a better understanding of the extent of the problem.

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Prices

Effective Drug Shortage Management: New Strategies and Solutions

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Jan 25, 2019 12:48:56 PM

The Drug Shortage Epidemic: How Bad Is It, Really?

Jan. 25, 2018 - The drug shortage crisis continues with no end in sight.  The number and duration of prescription drug shortages is growing, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Annals of Internal Medicine also reported that prescription drug shortages cause an estimated $230 million in additional costs annually due to rising prices of drugs under shortage and the higher costs of substitutes. However, there are real consequences beyond the hard-dollar costs. 

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Topics: The Drug Shortage App, Drug Shortages, Drug Shortage Management

Clinical Process Improvement: Why is(n’t) everyone talking about it?

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Aug 16, 2018 12:06:59 PM

You may be hearing the term “Clinical Process Improvement” (CPI) more frequently in conversations about controlling waste in healthcare. Across the industry, there is growing interest in the role of CPI solutions to unlock the value embedded in clinical data and improve workflows, processes and quality of care. But the definition is still evolving and what was once a ‘quiet crisis,’ is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. One catalyst for all this talk about CPI is its designation as a new category by healthcare advisory firm KLAS. In April 2018, KLAS released its report titled “Clinical Process Improvement 2018: Paving the Way for Improved Clinical Processes.

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Topics: Appropriate Utilization, Clinician Engagement, Quality & Safety

Your secret weapon against infection: Clinical process improvement

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Jun 21, 2018 12:45:00 PM

In the battle against infection, we all need a clear line of defense. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), take a heavy toll on patient outcomes, length of stay, Medicare reimbursements and more. They are formidable adversaries causing problems throughout hospitals and health systems. Thankfully, health systems have a secret weapon that can make a major dent in infection rates. Hospitals around the country are reducing infections through clinical process improvement. They accomplish this by streamlining workflows to remove unnecessary variation and ensure best practices are followed.

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Topics: Quality & Safety

Reducing healthcare waste through clinical process improvement and technology solutions

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Jun 7, 2018 12:22:00 PM

In my two most recent blog posts, ‘Why process improvement, technology and common sense are critical to patient safety’ and ‘Pairing process improvement and technology to increase clinician satisfaction,’ I shared several articles illustrating the essential interplay between clinical process improvement and technology. Today’s post follows the same model to examine approaches for reducing waste in healthcare.

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Topics: Appropriate Utilization, Clinician Engagement, Quality & Safety

Clinical Process Improvement & Innovation in Care Delivery at #HIMSS18

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on May 24, 2018 3:35:20 PM

New models of care depend on adopting strategies for transforming clinical practice to improve quality, reduce costs, and meet the needs of patients and families. With actionable insights into their processes, clinicians are empowered to suggest and help implement effective changes like standardizing clinical content to deliver highly reliable health care. Monitoring and measuring how clinical processes are adopted and their impact on outcomes are essential to high-impact care redesign.

At #HIMSS18, clinical leaders came together to discuss the strategies they've implemented, or are implementing, to drive appropriate utilization, higher levels of clinician satisfaction, and improve patient safety and quality. Click the button below to download the dialogue.

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Topics: Appropriate Utilization, Clinician Engagement, Quality & Safety

Pairing process improvement and technology to increase clinician satisfaction

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on May 17, 2018 12:12:00 PM

In my recent blog post, ‘Why process improvement, technology and common sense are critical to patient safety,’ I shared three articles illustrating how process, technology and critical thinking all have a role in ensuring quality of care. Today’s post follows the same model to examine how process improvement and technology work together to impact clinician satisfaction.

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Topics: Appropriate Utilization, Clinician Engagement, Quality & Safety

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Brita Hansen, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at LogicStream Health. Dr. Hansen is also a practicing internal medicine hospitalist and has served as a healthcare system executive, most recently as Chief Health Information Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Brita’s Blog covers a range of topics, including:

  • Appropriate Utilization
  • Clinician Engagement
  • Clinical Process Performance & Improvement
  • Healthcare Information Software & Technology
  • EHR Optimization
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Healthcare Patient Safety & Quality

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