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It may take 7 years to develop, but here’s why a universal flu shot is important

[Healthline, Oct. 7, 2019] The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced it’s giving a coalition of 15 universities and research organizations up to $130 million over 7 years to develop a universal flu inoculation. The hope is the longer the research goes, the longer the initial vaccines would last. “I’ve been at this for a […]

Ric Magnuson, Allina Health Chief Financial Officer

Healthcare CFOs look forward to value-based care, consumerism

[RevCycleIntelligence, September 6, 2019] Healthcare CFOs need to be strategic partners, not just financial gatekeepers, for their organizations to succeed under value-based care and other new ways of doing business. “Value-based care is the right thing to be doing from all perspectives. But it is a change from how we’re running and thinking about key […]

How Allina Health is boosting nurse retention rates

[Becker’s Hospital Review, August 27, 2019] Burnout is a growing problem among U.S. nurses, with over half reporting symptoms of poor physical and mental health, according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. To help address burnout and increase retention rates among new graduate nurses, Minneapolis-based Allina Health has […]

Dr. Andrew Stiehm, Allina Health pulmonologist and sleep expert.

Insomnia may be linked to heart disease, stroke risk

[Healthline, August 22, 2019] People with a genetic predisposition toward insomnia are at higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers stressed, however, that the study only demonstrated an association between the two disorders, not a cause-and-effect relationship. Also unclear is […]

Allina Health paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz uses magic tricks in the back of his ambulance to soothe his youngest patients. (Star Tribune photo)

Allina Health paramedic works magic — literally — when responding to emergencies involving kids

[Star Tribune, August 16, 2019] Ivan Mazurkiewicz knows there will never be a typical day on his job. As a paramedic for Allina Health, he might be called to assist an older adult who’s taken a bad fall, before rushing to the home of someone else going into cardiac arrest. But it’s children whose medical […]

What consumers really want from the healthcare experience

What consumers really want from the healthcare experience

[eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, July 31, 2019] Survey results show consumers need healthcare to be more affordable, convenient, and transparent. And as many other industries have found, digital tools and experiences can help organizations meet those expectations. That’s one reason why Allina Health, a 12-hospital system in Minnesota, has made a huge digital push in […]

Allina adds tool to help doctors save patients money on prescriptions

[Kaiser Health News, July 10, 2019] When Mary Kay Gilbert saw her doctor in May for a skin infection on her leg, she wasn’t surprised to receive a prescription for an antibiotic cream. But Gilbert, 54, a nurse and health consultant, was shocked when her physician clicked on the desktop computer and told Gilbert the […]

Pregnant women aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need — and supplements aren’t helping

Pregnant women aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need — and supplements aren’t helping

[Healthline, June 24, 2019] Getting adequate nutrition is one of the most important responsibilities women have throughout their pregnancies — not only for themselves, but for the lifelong health of their babies as well. However, new research from Purdue University has discovered that many pregnant women aren’t getting enough essential nutrients, even with an extra […]

Allina Health tests waters for apps based on patient journeys

Allina Health tests waters for apps based on patient journeys

[Becker’s Hospital Review, June 4, 2019] When it comes to pregnancy apps, it’s a jungle out there. In November 2017, there were more than 318,000 digital health apps and counting, with 9 percent of those dedicated to women’s health and pregnancy, according to the latest available data from IQVIA Institute. Minneapolis-based Allina Health recognized this […]

Allina Health Chief Nursing Officer: Thank you to all our nurses that make Allina Health a special organization

Allina Health Chief Nursing Officer: Thank you to all our nurses that make Allina Health a special organization

[Becker’s Hospital Review] Mandy Richards, Allina Health Chief Nursing Officer: As someone who has been fortunate to work side by side with nurses for my entire career, I cannot count the number of times nurses made a difference for the patients we served, be it with crucial insights, profound experience or a tender touch. Over […]