OMAHA, Neb. -Alegent Health’s CEO Wayne Sensor has been named one of the top 25 Innovators in health care by HealthImaging and IT Magazine. The announcement was made in the magazine’s April edition. This year’s top innovators are blazing a new trail in health care by advancing the industry in many ways including by inventing new tools and providing a safety net to the underserved, driving interoperability, connectivity and improving patient safety and care. The entire list can be seen by going to www.healthimaging.com.
“I am truly honored to be named one of the top 25 Innovators in health care,” said Sensor. “However, I have the privilege of working with the best and brightest minds in the industry and I must share the credit with them,” Sensor said. “We are fortunate to have created an environment in which every day we can look beyond the horizon for initiatives that better serve our patients, body, mind and spirit.” Sensor also credited the 8,500 employees, 1,200 physicians and 2,500 volunteers of Alegent Health applauded for their efforts in embracing innovation within the organization and for sharing Alegent Health’s vision of providing world-class care.
Sensor was nominated by Mike Cassling, president and CEO of Cassling Diagnostic Imaging. “Our community is tremendously fortunate to have someone like Wayne Sensor at the helm of the largest healthcare system in our region,” said Cassling. “In his nearly three years here, his strong, dynamic leadership has propelled Alegent Health onto the national stage as a leader in empowering consumers to make informed healthcare decisions by pioneering tools, incentives and new access points that meet their needs.”
Sensor was selected among the top innovators due to Alegent Health’s commitment to putting consumers at the center of the health care equation. He firmly believes that health care organizations should be providing meaningful information to consumers on both cost and quality, which will lead them to make better informed health care decisions. This is shown with the proactive implementation of consumer-driven health care plans for Alegent Health’s workforce. Launched in 2005, today more than 88 percent of employees are in the driver’s seat when it comes to making decisions about their own health care.
In January, Alegent Health unveiled My Cost - a unique, patent-pending online tool that provides consumers with information on projected costs they will incur for nearly 500 common treatments and procedures, along with their out-of-pocket responsibility. Consumers can access My Cost directly from a button on the Alegent.com homepage.
In addition to the cost transparency initiative, in the past year, Alegent Health has launched other patient-centered care and quality efforts including:
The establishment of Quick Care clinics to conveniently treat some of the most common ailments facing children and families. The project involves development of in-store clinics through a partnership with the Hy-Vee Food Store chain and represents an effort to provide new access to care in a patient-friendly atmosphere.|
Creation of the Alegent 20, a series of clinical quality indicators that are used for both internal and external performance measures. The establishment of these benchmarks has led to measurable improvements in quality. Alegent Health’s overall composite score has jumped 10 percentage points in the past 16 months - from 88 to 98 percent.
Alegent Health will also be the first health system in Omaha to implement VISICU’s eICU® Program - scheduled to be operational summer 2007. The eICU® Program is the most advanced pairing of high-quality patient care and technology in critical care medicine. The technology’s early warning software, remote monitoring tools, and communication tools provide remote clinicians the information necessary to partner with ICU clinicians as a proactive and integrated team. Health systems that have implemented the eICU® Program have shown significant reductions in patient mortality and length of stay, and a significant improvement in patient outcomes.
This year Sensor was also invited by the National Governors Association to serve as an advisory, non-voting member of the State Alliance for e-Health and frequently is asked to present at health care industry events.
Innovators were nominated via online ballots and visitors to healthimaging.com and subscribers of the Health Imaging News and Health Imaging & IT. Recipients of the award are employed by health care providers or nonprofit organizations serving in the health care industry.