Allina Health Clinics

Allina, HealthPartners form a ‘lab’ for health reform

[Star Tribune, Nov. 3, 2011] An unusual partnership in the northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities is claiming early progress toward the Holy Grail of health care reform: better treatments, lower costs and more satisfied patients. In its first year, the joint effort between rival health systems Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners was able […]

A data hub for prescriptions

[Star Tribune, Oct. 30, 2011] Three years ago, fewer than 10 percent of the nation’s doctors used electronic prescriptions. Today, about 52 percent have tossed aside their prescription pads and are reaching for the computer keyboard instead. Nearly all of these e-prescriptions are transmitted from doctor to pharmacy across a secure network that is fueled […]

Healthcare rivals’ partnership improves patient satisfaction, lowers costs

[Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 27, 2011] A partnership between two rivals offers a glimpse of the future under a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners together tested strategies to improve care and reduce health costs for some 27,000 patients in the northwest metro area. Listen to the full […]

Healthcare rivals' partnership improves patient satisfaction, lowers costs

[Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 27, 2011] A partnership between two rivals offers a glimpse of the future under a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners together tested strategies to improve care and reduce health costs for some 27,000 patients in the northwest metro area. Listen to the full […]

Survey: 52% of kids 8 and younger use tech gadgets

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Oct. 27, 2011] A new study says mobile devices have become mini-pacifiers/babysitters for many wee ones: 52 percent of all children 8 and younger have access to mobile devices at home like a smartphone, video iPod, iPad or other tablet. Allina Medical Clinic – Coon Rapids pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Keis was […]

Many patients still decide to get flu vaccine

[Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 26, 2011] A day after a new study revealed that flu vaccines are not as effective as once thought, doctors report that their patients are asking questions about the findings. Still, it doesn’t appear that the downgrade in the vaccine’s effectiveness is altering many patients decision to get immunized against flu. […]

‘A Place for You’ homeless shelter receives building gift from Allina

[Isanti County News, Oct. 26, 2011] A new housing facility to assist homeless individuals and families in the Pine City area is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Board of Directors for ‘A Place for You’ homeless shelter received the deed and keys to the former Allina Medical Clinic-Pine […]

Allina doc, CDC agree: Boys should get HPV vaccine too

[KMSP Fox 9, Oct. 25, 2011] A vaccine that was touted as a tool to help young girls guard against cervical cancer is now being recommended for boys as well to help combat the spread and effects of a sexually-transmitted disease called HPV. Allina Medical Clinic STD expert, Dr. Frank Rhame, says the recommendation by […]

A threat to herself and others

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Sept. 27, 2011] An Edina police report from July details an encounter with Interstate 394 shooting victim Katherine Gordon, who said “the spirit of the devil” told her to come to police and ask to be locked up. Gordon was shot and killed by a police officer on I-394 last Thursday […]

Birth control recall: Dosing could lead to unintended pregnancies

[KSTP-TV, Sept. 16, 2011] Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is recalling multiple lots of birth-control pills because of a packaging error that could lead to incorrect dosing and unintended pregnancies. KSTP News talked to Aspen Medical Group ob/gyn nurse practitioner Katherine Williams about the potential consequences. Watch the story below.