“Through our industry-leading Innovation Grant program, health systems and their patients benefit from the development of new care delivery models designed by teams at the front lines of medicine. I’m proud of the entrepreneurial spirit supported by this program and the way it empowers clinical teams to create solutions that are setting a new standard in care.”
—Rick Newell, MD
Chief Transformation Officer at Vituity
Bring Ideas to Life with a Vituity Innovation Grant
Acute care is high-stakes medicine. Lives and futures depend on clinicians’ skills and actions. So as healthcare leaders, we owe it to our patients to never stop innovating.
Frontline Providers represent our greatest innovation assets. As the closest connection to patients, they often know solutions to the real-world problems that keep healthcare leaders awake at night. We want to support ideas to improve quality of care, patient experience, and workflow efficiency.
Creating New Best Practices
Vituity’s Innovation Grant program nurtures fresh ideas to improve healthcare delivery. Vituity funds projects designed to:
- Improve the patient experience
- Support clinical integration
- Transform healthcare delivery
- Empower clinicians to achieve joy in medicine
The goal of the grant program is to design, produce, and implement solutions that can be replicated across Vituity practices. Our frontline providers work together to bring their best ideas to fruition.
Frontline Innovation in Action
In 2020, a year that frontline providers needed innovation more than ever, we provided nearly $400,000 in grant funding to 37 provider-led projects, and the program continues to grow. Examples of recently funded projects include the following.
Teletriage to Reduce ED Wait Times
To improve patient care and emergency room throughput, Memorial Medical Center Modesto piloted a telehealth version of Rapid Medical Evaluation®, Vituity’s evidence-based physician-in-triage program. During the two-week pilot, patient walkouts decreased by 41%, from 1.93% to 1.14%. This was achieved despite a 16% increase in patient volume during the same time frame.
Extending Care to Unhoused Patients
Care Without Boundaries (CWB), a street medicine program at Kaweah Delta Medical Center (California), used an Innovation Grant to purchase several virtual care tablets. This greatly expanded CWB’s outreach by allowing ED clinicians to provide telehealth coverage for student- and resident-driven street teams. These dedicated, compassionate clinician volunteers have literally saved lives by recognizing heart attack and stroke symptoms and rushing patients to the ED.
Emotional Support and Advocacy for ED Patients
A patient satisfaction initiative at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas, gives ED patients care and attention that goes beyond urgent medical need. The ED team used a Vituity Innovation Grant to staff patient care advocates during the department’s busiest hours. These advocates, chosen for their empathy and compassion, have time to sit with patients, communicate what’s happening, and offer emotional support, allowing clinicians to focus on patient care.
Improved Culture Management
Watch how Vituity’s Innovation Grant helped emergency physicians at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (California) create a lab culture-tracking tool that improves productivity and patient safety.
A lot of innovation comes up because there was some type of frustration at the beginning. We say, how can we do this better? And we were supported in this effort by Vituity, Dignity Health, and also the hospital in general. They said, "Yes, you need to move forward, because this is a process that we all are faced with. What can you do to help make it better?"