Clinical quality

Dr. Sandy Fritzlar

Sepsis deaths prompt Allina Health to change

[Star Tribune, March 4, 2019] Faster identification and treatment of sepsis by Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota has reduced deaths from the infection-related condition. Doctors and nurses at Allina started re-examining how they treat sepsis in 2014, after being dismayed at the number of deaths and learning that the condition was three times more lethal […]

Analytics, workflow and physician education aids sepsis care at Allina Health

[Health Data Management, Feb. 13, 2019] Allina Health has developed a data-driven approach for early identification of sepsis, and the initiative also has reduced variations in sepsis care. The organization, which operates 12 hospitals and 90 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is reporting an 18 percent drop in mortality for most sepsis patients and a […]

Health Catalyst reaches $1 billion valuation sifting through hospitals’ data

Health Catalyst reaches $1 billion valuation sifting through hospitals’ data

[Forbes, Feb. 7, 2019] Health Catalyst, a data analytics provider to hospitals, has raised $100 million in debt and equity financing, tipping the Salt Lake City startup’s valuation to more than $1 billion, the company announced. Hospitals use Health Catalyst’s software to link the data that they already have housed in a number of siloed […]

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 […]

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: First-place winning team — Allina Health

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: First-place winning team — Allina Health

[Healthcare Informatics, Jan, 25, 2017] What does it look like to leverage data and IT at a very deep level and help to rework core clinical processes in order to improve clinical performance and patient outcomes and rethink costs? The leaders at Allina Health know, because they’re doing it. And they’re doing it particularly intensively […]

Because of his strong partnership with nurses, Jon Christopherson received The Carol Huttner Collaborative Colleague Award during National Nurses Week. Christopherson is pictured here with Huttner.

Tech World: Biomed, Nurses Team Up on Device Alarm Challenge

[Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, August 2016] With the growing number of devices used in hospitals, healthcare technology management professionals and nurses are working more closely together to provide patients with the best possible care. HTM professionals ensure the availability of functional, properly configured equipment, and nurses rely on this technology to provide […]

Medical marijuana for pain now in Minnesota

[WCCO Radio, Aug. 1, 2016] As of August 1, 2016, Minnesota doctors can now certify patients to get medical marijuana for “intractable pain.” Allina Health‘s director of Care Improvement, Dr. Steve Bergeson talked with WCCO Radio’s Chad Hartman about why not all medical professionals think that’s a good thing — at least not yet.

Unity Hospital

Allina merging hospitals in Anoka County

[Star Tribune, May 10. 2016] Allina Health is merging under one license two acute care hospitals in Anoka County, as the Minneapolis-based system tries to eliminate duplicate services at the nearby medical centers. Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley will continue distinct operations, but the smaller medical center in Fridley next […]

Tim Sielaff, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer 
Allina Health

At Allina Health, unlocking the power of data

[Healthcare Informatics, April 26, 2016] As an organization participating in the federal Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) program, Allina Health, based in Minneapolis, has a natural incentive to improve clinical performance. Even so, the decision on the part of senior leaders at the 13-hospital, 90-clinic, 26,000-employee Allina to commit to achieving exceptional outcomes—senior executives strove […]

Big ideas: Outsourcing improvement: The relationship between vendor contracts and provider performance

[HealthLeaders Magazine, December 2015] When