The latest results from an annual Rock Health survey of 4,000 people show a clear upward trend of consumers taking control of their healthcare via the use of digital tools like

telemedicine, wearables, and online provider reviews. The percentage of respondents adopting at least one digital health tool increased from 80% in 2015 to 87% in 2017. Here’s what else it revealed:

35% of respondents said they use a mobile app/

website to search for a hospital; 39% used this method to fi nd a physician.


of respondents said they are willing to share health data with a physician but, of that group, 13% also said they were not confi dent in the data security of the transaction.


of respondents who had an in-person visit with their physicians were satisfi ed with a post-telemedicine visit compared to a 54%

satisfaction rate among respondents who only used telemedicine.


of respondents whose initial visit with a doctor was in person said they felt extremely satisfi ed with the post-video-telemedicine session, the most preferred way of communicating about healthcare, followed by phone, picture text, and SMS. Email communication was the least satisfying channel.


of respondents said they used wearable health technology last year to assist in being more physically active – up 9% from 2016; 40% said they wear the devices to lose weight, which is also up 9% from the year earlier. Other top reasons given include better sleep and stress management.


of respondents who self-identifi ed as obese use a digital app to increase physical activity and track their health goals.


of respondents that have high blood pressure used a digital app/journal to track their health. Although respondents taking medication and those with high blood pressure are likelier than not to track a related health goal, only a minority use a digital solution to assist them.

Source: Rock Health, “Healthcare consumers in a digital transi- tion,” 2018.



AHRMM membership elects 2019 Board

In the election for the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association, Dee Donatelli, CMRP, FAH- RMM, of Dee Donatelli Consulting LLC, has been elected as the chair-elect of the 2019 AHRMM Board. Donatelli will serve as the AHRMM Board chair in 2020. Additionally, the AHRMM membership elected Mary Beth Briscoe, CPA, FHFMA, FACHE, from the University of Miami, Laura P. Kowalczyk, JD, MPH, from the Uni- versity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Régine Honoré Villain, MPH, from NYU Langone Health, as provider representatives to begin their terms in January 2019. In her current role, Dee Donatelli is acting principal at Dee Donatelli Consulting LLC, in Newton, KS. Donatelli is well-known in the healthcare supply chain fi eld, as she’s worked for notable organizations includ- ing Hayes Inc., Owens & Minor, Navigant Consulting, Vizient Inc., and VHA Inc. In addition, Donatelli currently serves on the Bellwether League Board of Directors; pre- viously Donatelli was president and board member of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP), and has been a valued member of the Healthcare Purchasing News Editorial Advisory Board for many years.

Donatelli began her career over 40 years ago as a registered nurse; in 1989 she began working in supply chain as a purchas- ing manager at a hospital. As chair-elect, Donatelli is committed to working with the AHRMM chair and board to engage the next generation of healthcare supply chain leaders, while continuing to help members effectively navigate changes in the health- care supply chain. Donatelli has been an AHRMM member since 1989.

Healthcare provider representatives

Mary Beth Briscoe, Laura P. Kowalczyk, and Régine Honoré Villain join the current provider representatives, who advocate for AHRMM members by conveying provider issues to the AHRMM Board and carry out AHRMM’s mission. Briscoe, vice president and chief fi nancial officer, at UHealth and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami brings more than 30 years’ experi- ence in healthcare to the AHRMM Board. Kowalczyk, associate vice president, Supply Chain Services at UAB Medicine in Birmingham, AL, brings more than 25 years’ experience working in healtcare to the AHRMM Board. Sixteen of those years were spent working in the legal side of the healthcare supply chain, representing hos- pitals and physicians.


Villain, vice president, Supply Chain Operations at NYU Langone Health, NY, brings 20 years’ experience working in the healthcare supply chain to the AHRMM Board. Villain is skilled in leading high- performing and award-winning supply chain transformations at multi-billion dollar healthcare organizations.

“The AHRMM Board election is vital

to the organization’s continued success, and we thank all of the candidates and the members who participated in the election,” said AHRMM Board Chair and Chief Sup- ply Chain Offi cer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Teresa Dail. “As AHRMM Board Chair, I’m excited to begin working with our newly elected board members as AHRMM continues to advocate for supply chain to be seen as an invaluable, strategic asset in health care.” The new board representatives will begin their three-year term on January 1, 2019. For more information and to review Dee Donatelli’s platform, visit www.ahrmm. org/Elections.

AHE wins two Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

The Association for the Health Care Envi- ronment (AHE), of the American Hospital Association, is the recent recipient of two coveted Brandon Hall Gold Awards for Excellence in Learning; recognizing in- novative design and measurable business results for the delivery of the Certified Health Care Environmental Services Tech- nician (CHEST) program in the following categories:

• Best Certifi cation Program • Best Results of a Learning Program “In three short years, the CHEST pro- gram has trained nearly 700 trainers who have successfully prepared 2,670 front line technicians who now carry the CHEST credential. These technicians emerge from training more knowledgeable in the sci- ence of infection prevention, happier in their positions, more confident in their communication skills, and more engaged with the clinical staff,” says Patti Costello, AHE Executive Director. “We are honored to receive two Gold awards recognizing the profound impact the CHEST program has made on participating healthcare or- ganizations, their patients, staff, and the healthcare community. AHE’s engagement with Bottom Line Performance (BLP) has resulted in an innovative training model with astonishing results.”

The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

recognize the best organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable

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