July 2015 | Vol. 4, Issue 4

In this issue:

      Clinical Matters  What’s on the Mind of Leading Healthcare Executives?
  What's New DynaMed Plus Features Micromedex® Evidence-based Content 


  Tip & Tricks New to Micromedex® CareNotes®? Join Us for a Live Training Webinar
  Product Updates Trial Licenses Now Available for Micromedex® Solutions 


  In the Spotlight Baptist Health Miami Lowers Sepsis Mortality by 5%
Kettering Health Decreases LOS by 50%, Reduces Readmissions by 17% and More

  Clinical Content Updates Selected New Drug Approvals, New FDA-approved Indications, New Off-Label Indications and More 
  Events Check Out Where We'll be in August and September




Clinical Matters

What’s on the Mind of Leading Healthcare Executives?

For more than 20 years, Truven Health has held the annual 100 Top Hospitals Summit to celebrate the highest performing hospitals and health systems in the country. Hear what leading healthcare executives shared at this year's summit - click here to view the following videos:

  • CEO Carrie Owen Plietz of multi-winner Sutter Medical Center Sacramento shares tips on going outside the hospital walls to engage the community, and what it takes to be an effective leader
  • Executives from Roper St. Francis speak about how they're learning from other industries, and helping their organization through change
  • CQO Teri Shoulder discusses the qualities that future leaders at Kettering Health Network must possess
  • Kevin Unger of Poudre Valley Hospital gives advice on when standardization makes sense, and when it doesn't
  • Advocate Lutheran General COO Barbara Weber speaks on achieving organizational alignment throughout a system and within one hospital
Start your journey to excellence with unparalleled 100 Top Hospitals research. Call 800-525-9083, option 4 today to order your customized report.


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What's New

DynaMed Plus Features Micromedex® Evidence-based Content

Micromedex Medication Management and Lab Recommendation resources are now featured in DynaMed Plus, a cross-platform evidence-based clinical decision support tool for physicians and other medical professionals introduced in June. DynaMed Plus provides clinicians with the ideal blend of evidence and expertise to help them determine optimal patient care paths. The newly integrated Micromedex content in DynaMed Plus provides clinicians with deeper resources to help better inform prescription decisions, medication management strategies and treatment decisions as a result of lab tests in the course of patient care. Read more.

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Tips & Tricks


New to Micromedex® CareNotes®? Join Us for a Live Training Webinar

Join us for a live training webinar featuring Micromedex CareNotes and discover opportunities to educate, engage, and empower your patients. Learn all that CareNotes has to offer as well as speak one-on-one with a product specialist.

  • Overview for Point-of-Care Clinicians: Wednesday, August 5, 11:00am - 1:00pm EST - register now
  • Overview for CareNotes Administrators: Tuesday, August 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm EST- register now

Looking for more Micromedex tips? Check out our training site at micromedex.com/training.

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Product Updates


Trial Licenses Now Available for Micromedex® Solutions

Want to leverage the full power of Micromedex Solutions in your facility? Trial Licenses are now available for our Basic, Plus, and Complete Clinical Evidence Bundles, as well as for individual modules within the Micromedex Clinical Knowledge and Patient Connect Suites.

Sign up today to get free, 30-day access to the industry standard for evidence-based disease, drug, toxicology, and neonatal and pediatric information, as well as modules for alternative medicine, formulary, patient and consumer education resources, and more!

Getting started is easy: just visit our website to request your free 30-day trial of Micromedex Solutions today. A representative from Truven Health Analytics will follow up with you to complete the process upon receipt of your request and signed agreement.

Please note: Trial license access is subject to eligibility and is available for hospital and health system use only. Access expires after 30 days. You must register with a valid hospital institution email and telephone in order to be considered eligible.

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In the Spotlight


Baptist Health Miami Lowers Sepsis Mortality by 5%

The impact of early identification and treatment of sepsis by healthcare providers in the U.S. is estimated to prevent 92,000 deaths annually, reduce annual hospital days by 1.25 million, and lower hospital expenditures by over $1.5 billion.

Learn here how healthcare providers at Baptist Health Miami are making an impact on sepsis with predictive, patient-level analytics:

  • Decreased sepsis mortality rate by 5 percent
  • Reduced readmissions by 7 percent
  • Lowered patient cost per patient by $15,000
  • Saved $31 million in 3 years

Interested in improving sepsis outcomes at your hospital? Learn how our predictive analytics can help you:

  • Identify evidence-based gaps in care
  • Discover risk patterns specific to your patient population and location
  • Intervene at the point of care with real-time patient-specific alerts to clinicians to refine treatment and care

Call 800-525-9083, option 4 today and ask about our Clinical Performance Optimization Bundle - to help you analyze clinical performance and improve patient outcomes.

Kettering Health Decreases LOS by 50%, Reduced Readmissions by 17% and More

Kettering Health Network in southwest Ohio used the 100 Top Hospitals® key performance measures as its definition of quality. By working with Truven Health consulting experts to structure and focus the program, Kettering achieved upward movement on key measures for top decile performance, resulting in improved quality, cost-savings, Value-Based Purchasing reimbursements and penalty avoidance. The results?

  • 50% decrease in length of stay
  • 17% reduction in readmissions
  • More than $800,000 in immediate cost-savings
  • $0 lost to Value-Based Purchasing penalties (system-wide aggregate)
  • Improved HCAHPS scores

Watch these two short videos, available on our download library, to hear Teri Sholder, Chief Quality Officer, discuss their process and results. Once you register, select the following video titles under the Videos section.

Define Quality Across the Health System and Improve Balanced Performance

Better Coordination After Discharge: From Reactive to Proactive Care Delivery

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Clinical Content Updates


Click here for selected new drug approvals, new FDA-approved indications, new off-label indications and more.

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Check out where we'll be in August and September.     

Stop by and visit with us!

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