Smart Bottle Caps and Digital Apps: New Tools Help Patients Take Medication
“Take two of these; doctor’s orders.” Easy enough? Not according to recent data linking medication nonadherence—or noncompliance—to a host of complications and even preventable deaths. One estimate ties poor medication adherence to as much as $300 billion per year in avoidable costs.
Combatting the Opioid Epidemic, By Increasing Access to Life-Saving Treatments
Partners HealthCare member Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) is launching a first-of-its kind initiative to increase access to life-saving treatments for those struggling with substance use disorders.
Initiative Offers a New View on Patient Care Quality
Partners HealthCare has published a new set of quality measures that show a more comprehensive picture of preventive and chronic care outcomes and effectiveness by sharing new data gathered by doctors during the patient visit and recorded in the patient’s health record.
At MGH, a Massachusetts First for Opioid-Addicted Patients
When patients with diabetes or high blood pressure present in the emergency department (ED), physicians can offer medications for treatment. For opioid-addicted patients, however, ED doctors are rarely able to offer the standard-of-care medication buprenorphine, despite its demonstrated efficacy in easing addiction’s grip.
A Collaborative Effort for Better Care: System-wide Sepsis Initiative
Collaboration is the essence of Partners HealthCare’s mission. Across our hospitals and 6,000 physicians, efforts are underway—every day—to enhance quality for our patients through interdisciplinary partnerships that uncover new insights and strengthen our standards of care.
Breakthrough Treatment Keeps Pediatric MS Symptoms at Bay
A new treatment under clinical trial at Brigham and Women's Hospital offers new hope for the 8,000-10,000 U.S. children with multiple sclerosis (MS.)
Partners Paves the Way for Population Health
For a decade now, Partners has been extending care beyond the walls of our facilities to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital. Today, this practice is commonly known as "population health." And it's working.
Vaccines Shouldn’t Be A Sticking Point: How Partners Provides Access to Safe and Effective Care
Most people know that eating right and staying active can help keep them healthy. But patients should also consider asking their doctors at their next check-up whether they are up to date on all immunizations. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.
INNOVATION Newsletter Spotlight: Cancer Therapy to Go Viral?
You’ve probably heard the ancient proverb, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” That very philosophy, the uniting of two opposing forces against a third opponent, is now playing an important role in the field of oncolytic virus research.
Boston Basics Uses Proven Science to Educate Parents and Shrink the Achievement Gap
Boston Basics, the early childhood development initiative co-founded by Wendell Knox and funded by the Black Philanthropy Fund, has a grand science-backed plan for shrinking the achievement gap that focuses on one key mantra: keep things simple.