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To improve health care quality and cut costs, collaboration instead of competition

[MinnPost, Sept. 15, 2017] In the Twin Cities region, Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Bloomington-based HealthPartners are competing providers. But in the northwest corner of the metro, the two nonprofit health systems are working together in a unique partnership. Allina and HealthPartners, which also offers insurance, joined forces in 2010 to create an initiative known as […]

Study links flu vaccine to miscarriages

[KARE 11, Sept. 13, 2017] A new study has found a link between flu vaccines and pregnancy miscarriages. The study contradicts all previous similar studies. Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Frank Rhame, talked with KARE 11 News and what this study means.

Jayson Dock, MD

St. Francis to offer non-surgical weight loss procedure

[Shakopee Valley News, September 5, 2017] St. Francis Regional Medical Center is offering a non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with obesity where diet and exercise have not worked and do not qualify for or want surgery. “We often see patients who are clinically obese and in desperate need of medical intervention to help them […]

How health care collaboration can improve quality and cut costs

[Twin Cities Business Magazine, September 2017] In the Twin Cities region, Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Bloomington-based HealthPartners are competing providers. But in the northwest corner of the metro, the two nonprofit health systems are working together in a unique partnership. Allina and HealthPartners, which also offers insurance, joined forces in 2010 to create an initiative […]

Study: You can buy happiness … if you spend it to save time

[KARE 11, July 27, 2017] Can money really buy happiness? Some of us were raised under the impression it can’t, but researchers who surveyed more than 6,000 people in four countries say otherwise. The catch? You have to spend money on saving time, like chores. The survey was reportedly done in the U.S., Canada, Denmark […]

Another measles case reported in Minnesota

[WCCO Radio, July 15, 2017] The measles outbreak in Minnesota continues. Another case was just reported bringing to 79 the cases reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. Allina Health Clinic pediatrician, Dr. Eric Barth, talked with WCCO Radio about the ongoing outbreak and the need for immunizations to control measles.

Mental health day story goes viral on social media

[KARE 11, July 12, 2017] The Internet is fixated on a boss’s reply to an employee who took time off for her mental health, and the viral response reveals much of what is right and wrong about mental health care in America. Allina Health psychologist, Dr. Cheryl Bemel, applauds the woman for telling her story […]

Tim Sielaff, MD

OpenNotes launch gives 500K patients access to health data

[PatientEngagementHIT, July 7, 2017] Allina Health has officially launched OpenNotes, allowing its nearly 500,000 patients access to health data and clinician notes. The health system serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is the first in the area to adopt the OpenNotes philosophy, which calls for providers to make clinician notes freely accessible for patients. […]

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Allina Health extends OpenNotes to 500,000 patients

[Healthcare IT News, June 30, 2017] Allina Health announced this week that approximately half a million patients in the Minneapolis region can now read the notes physicians write about them. Allina said that its patients can now log into a portal to view not just those notes but also doctor’s instructions and next steps as […]

Dads talk differently to daughters and sons

[WCCO-TV, June 27, 2017] The question of whether parents treat sons and daughters differently and how that may or may not affect the children later in life has been the subject of a number of scientific studies — and endless family debates. New research now adds to the conversation, not only shedding light on certain […]