Beaumont forms hybrid research and device lab
Beaumont Health System plans to open one of the nation’s first
hospital-based combination cardiovascular research and physician
training centers at the Royal Oak campus this fall, as part of its
mission as a center for medical education.
The Beaumont Center for Innovation and Research in Cardiovascular Disease (CIRC)
will conduct medical device research and serve as a training center for physicians, nurses and technical staff, says Robert Safian, M.D., Beaumont’s director of CIRC and director
of the Fellowship Training Programs in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
“One of the purposes of the center is to promote research and develop relationships with the medical device industry so new cardiovascular technologies come to
Beaumont,” says Dr. Safian. “We already conduct clinical trials, but this center will help us expand our relationships with medical device companies, and transfer these technologies into the community.”
Taking ortho research to higher levelsNew computer program collects data for studies
With more than 14,000 orthopedic surgeries a year at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, there’s plenty of information available to build an impressive research program. All that was left to do was capture the information. Enter Ortech.
“It’s a Web-based, software program that physicians
are using in the operating rooms,” says Kevin
Baker, Ph.D., manager, Orthopaedic Research Labs.
“During surgery, surgeons enter data about the patient,
the surgical procedure and the orthopedic implants
used. We then compare procedures, devices, outcomes
and more to learn how effective treatments are
Using Ortech won’t just help with research. Reimbursements, quality control and Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid reporting are all being increasingly tied to outcomes, and this
program will help track them. “Basically, Ortech acts as a registry to improve research
processes before, during and after surgeries,” says Dr. Baker. “We do so many ortho
surgeries here each year, we have a lot of useful data to collect and Ortech offers an
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operating rooms for joint replacement and spine procedures. But the hope is to extend the program into physician offices, so data will be available from the time a patient goes to the
doctor to their last follow-up appointment. This information could help with pain relief,
range of motion and traditional outcomes measures. Eventually, all subspecialties of
orthopedics including sports medicine, trauma, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle,
shoulder and elbow and pediatrics will utilize Ortech.
Implementation of Ortech was made possible through philanthropic support, including a
generous gift from the Sidney and Madeline Forbes family.
principal investigator Harry Wasvary, M.D.
No Passing Zone: Initiative makes call lights everyone’s responsibility When you’re a patient in the hospital,
“Service to our patients is of paramount
relying on others to help with even your
importance, and it’s also a quality and
most basic needs, waiting for a call light
safety matter,” says Leslie Rocher, M.D.,
Oak. “The ‘No Passing Zone’ program
seeing hospital staff walk past the door
– regardless of their role – can make the
To ensure that patients realize our entire
Call lights are a quality-of-care issue that
overall quality of care they are receiving.
patients’ call lights and inquire what the
are expected to go into a patient’s room
and provide clinical care. Simply put, it
you get help as soon as you wanted it?”
Credentialing process is going paperlessBeaumont has purchased a secure Web-
eliminate redundancy for physicians on the by using the physician’s birth month as the
based credentialing software package from
expiration of the two-year appointment to
Morrisey Associates – MSO for the Web, or hospitals.
the medical staff. Physicians were notified
of this change last year and will make this
review module to be implemented in April transition over the next 24 months.
for all three hospitals. This will allow a
reapplication review performed by medical
electronic applications. If you wish, you
privileging for all members of the medical
provided for all system chairs, department
may visit the Credentialing office to do
chiefs and section heads involved with the
your online reapplication, or Credentialing
staff can walk you through the process over
This new software eliminates paper-based
Electronic credentialing is already under
the phone. For assistance, contact Denise
credentialing. It will increase the efficiency
and standardization of our credentialing
replacing the former reappointment cycles
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Beaumont offers free weight loss surgery
train 20 to 25 practicing physicians every
“Beaumont Weight Loss Seminar,” is a free community seminar presented by
three months to perform procedures using
Beaumont Weight Control Center experts to provide information on bariatric
the new medical devices after the products
surgery options available at Beaumont hospitals in Troy, Royal Oak and
Beaumont’s weight control and bariatric surgery program is led by a group of
medical, surgical, behavioral, nutrition and exercise experts who provide support
donated $5 million to help Beaumont build
before, during and after weight loss and surgery.
the Suzanne & Herbert Tyner Center for Cardiovascular Interventions. The Tyner
Your patients can learn more about Beaumont’s Weight Control Center team and
surgery options at a free informational seminar on Saturday, March 17, from
10:30 a.m. to noon at Beaumont Medical Center, Macomb Township, 15959 Hall
additional opportunities for physicians to
There is no charge to attend the weight loss seminars. For more information or to
Beaumont’s heart and vascular surgeons
register, patients may call 888-899-4600 or visit classes.beaumont.edu.
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