New research from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC credits a computer program with detecting sudden kidney failure in hospitalized patients. The program monitors changes in blood creatinine levels, the primary marker of acute kidney injury. If levels rise too fast, the program marks the patient’s EMR to alert the physician. After studying half aRead more »
In an attempt to battle the opioid epidemic, sixteen health plans—including ACHP member UPMC—have committed to follow the eight National Principles of Care established by Shatterproof, a non-profit, anti-addiction organization. The plans have pledged to provide universal screening for substance abuse; personalized diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning; rapid access to care; long-term outpatient care; coordinated care forRead more »
UPMC is collaborating with Microsoft to design and build three specialty hospitals with advanced information technology infrastructures to support treatment for cancer, heart and transplant cases, vision and rehabilitation care. The new facilities will be located on the campuses of UPMC’s Mercy, Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals.
UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster and UPMC Pinnacle Lititz have launched programs to help overdose victims access treatment. The programs has led to notable decrease in opioid prescriptions, with less than 10 percent of patients receiving opioid prescriptions from the Lancaster emergency center.
UPMC and Geisinger Health Plan are employing innovative approaches such as “remote monitoring” to keep people out of the hospital. The program is designed to create a less stressful care environment by allowing patients to stay in their own home and aims to reduce trips to the ER. Plans have found the plan successful: GeisingerRead more »