Leading Dynamic Change in Health Care 

Working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care

Our caregivers (all employees) work collaboratively across five states to design leading care practices and establish them across our system. Here are a few examples of innovation at Providence.

Connecting care with one electronic health record

By the end of 2014, all Providence hospitals and clinics will be giving patients and physicians immediate, secure access to individual health records anytime, anywhere. This electronic health record system is available to rural hospitals and clinics through the Providence Community Connect program, helping to integrate and improve care across entire communities.

Partnering with employers to improve health

New, patient-centered collaborations such as accountable care organizations will improve the health of entire populations. Providence ACOs offer population-based health care for large employers providing high-quality, coordinated care across multiple settings with payment tied to outcomes. It is a ground-breaking solution that gives employees of companies such as Boeing and Intel access to patient-centered care and personal support. These networks offer convenient clinic locations plus easy online access to providers, health records and scheduling. Our ACOs are supported by 30 years of care and cost management expertise from Providence Health Plan, a 5-star rated Medicare Advantage plan.
 
A data safety net that saves lives

All Providence hospitals use the Modified Early Warning System, a computer algorithm that monitors patient vital signs and alerts clinicians when health conditions deteriorate to a critical threshold. In Providence intensive care units, it has reduced code blue calls for cardiac and respiratory arrests by 20 percent.

Improving care for frail seniors

Providence ElderPlace offers consistent, successful outcomes in caring for frail seniors with strong satisfaction rates. The program reduces hospital readmission rates, improves population health and manages costs for people who have both Medicare and Medicaid coverage compared to traditional facility-based long-term care.

Telehealth provides care close to home

With one of the largest telehealth networks in the country, Providence is virtually connecting providers with patients in all types of settings. Robotics, video and data streaming enable patients to get the best, most timely care close to home, and enable expert-to-expert clinical collaboration that improves outcomes and reduces costs. Providence and Swedish telestroke networks also use this technology to ensure advanced neurological care is readily available in many small rural communities. In the workplace, two large employers in Oregon offer Providence Health eXpress – private stations employees can visit to talk with a clinician on a secure video connection.

Medical research

Providence cares for more than 25,000 cardiovascular patients and 18,000 cancer patients each year, attracting national research opportunities to advance medical knowledge for the future. Our experts are developing new therapies such as cancer immunotherapy and innovative aortic valve replacement.

Nursing for the 21st century

Every day across Providence, more than 25,000 professional nurses deliver care with compassion and excellence. Providence nurse clinicians work in integrated teams focused on transforming clinical care. Our commitment to a superior nursing experience for our patients is reflected in our work to gain Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® recognition in every eligible care setting. Providence nurses can complete a bachelor’s degree at our fully accredited, distance-based RN-to-BSN degree completion program.