OHI Will Partner With LifeBridge Health

As a follow up to our April communication that Optimium Health was named a finalist in the LifeBridge Health Entrepreneur Challenge. OHI will partner with LifeBridge Heath, specifically Sinai Hospital, to streamline the process of perioperative coordination with a leading-edge health IT solution.

Our mutual objectives are to 1) improve operating room throughput, 2) lower the cost per patient served, and 3) increase patient and staff satisfaction. Our overarching goal is to make the patient journey from first appointment to first incision as seamless and satisfying as possible.

To achieve this, OHI will tailor our clinical process orchestration engine, OPTIMI$ER, to the workflow needs of the Sinai perioperative team. This is likely to include task and summary dashboards, task alert and prioritization mechanisms, real-time posting and audit trail, and legacy system interface in order to eliminate data entry duplication. Pre- and post-implementation financial and satisfaction measures will validate the throughput, cost, and satisfaction objectives. We expect the OPTIMI$ER Perioperative Workflow Solution to provide a standardized framework for repeatable, measureable, and sustainable results while allowing for customization to meet the needs of individual hospitals.

LifeBridge Health consists of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital, Samuelson Children’s Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and their subsidiaries and affiliated units, including LifeBridge Health & Fitness and the LifeBridge Medical Care Centers in Eldersburg, Mays Chapel and Reisterstown. Both Sinai and Northwest remain acute-care general hospitals with complementary clinical centers of excellence.

To find out more about how Optimium Health can help your hospital or surgical group practice enhance the way you coordinate care for your patients from first appointment to first incision, please contact: vicki@www.optimiumhealth.com.

LifeBridge Takes On Role In Business Mentoring – OHI is a Finalist

Sarah Gantz/Staff Writer, The Baltimore Business Journal April 27, 2012

One of Baltimore’s biggest health systems is taking on the role of mentor to businesses trying to gain their footing in the industry. LifeBridge Health took three small businesses under its wing as part of a competition for early-stage businesses run by women and minorities. The three finalists – CervoCheck, Optimium Health, and My Hopeful Journey – all got a seat at the able with one of the area’s largest health systems to talk about business pitches, marketing strategies, and other ways to win business with hospitals.

To top it off, the winner, CervoCheck, which is developing a labor monitoring device that can detect preterm birth, walked away with $15,000. Another $5,000 went to the runner-up, My Hopeful Journey, a web-based infertility calendar.

The challenge is more than a one-time giveaway for deserving businesses – it is an example of the role of leadership to smaller businesses LifeBridge tethers to its mission. LifeBridge CEO Warren Green said he believes it and anchor businesses in every sector have a responsibility to foster growth and competition by fostering new businesses. “I think there is a moral imperative,” Green said. As part of LifeBridge’s Entrepreneur Challenge businesses selected as finalists met with LifeBridge management and medical experts in the company’s area of expertise.

CervoCheck, a company created by a group of Johns Hopkins graduates, met with an obstetrician to talk about the business plan for their labor monitoring device. The feedback on their plan from a hospital chain that could someday be a client was invaluable, said Karen Hwong, Chief Executive Officer of CervoCheck. The company is still in its clinical testing phase, but when it is ready to sell to clients, it hopes to branch out from its teaching hospital roots and appeal to community hospitals. “Whenever you start off with a business, you want to know your device is targeting the need of the market. To have that validated by a leading obstetrician in the field is wonderful,” Hwong said. “So many businesses may go off track and be misdirected, especially in the early stages.”

Leaders of Optimium Health, a workflow solutions company, hope the attention from LifeBridge will give the business – which is less than a year old – more credibility. “Other client’s we’re talking to take notice,” said Heather Guild, the company’s Chief of Marketing. “If LifeBridge is taking a further look at you, then maybe we should too”. Their meetings with LifeBridge throughout the challenge have served as a test run for their upcoming work of making deals with clients, she said. “We have been able to further refine our plan and how we speak with clients and investors,” Guild said.

And at its very base, the Entrepreneur Challenge has given growing businesses what they can’t get enough of – free publicity and networking. LifeBridge announced the competition’s winner April 25 at its third annual Business Summit, a daylong event at which all three finalists had the opportunity to present their business model to some of the area’s top health care providers and business leaders.