Oct. 30, 2015

11 Boise Companies Changing Healthcare for the Better

From hospital analytics to 3D printing to a hands-free mouse, these Boise companies are making waves in healthcare.

Healthcare is experiencing a major transformation. What states, hospitals, insurance companies and people once expected of the industry has turned on its head, in part thanks to the Affordable Care act, HIPAA, Meaningful Use and stricter standards set by the federal government.

What does this mean? Healthcare — from billing to patient care — needs to be smarter, leaner and more efficient.

These Boise companies and startups are doing just that:

Oct. 29, 2015

Built in Boise: Healthcare Investment to Glassware with a Goal

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have delved into more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From healthcare investment to glassware with a goal, here is a roundup of profiles from October... 

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Nov. 18, 2014

Boise Healthcare Tech Company Finalist in ‘Fierce Innovation’ Awards

Inofile, a Boise company specializing in healthcare information exchange, was announced as a finalist for the 'Fierce Innovation: Healthcare Edition' awards. The national award recognizes trailblazers in healthcare.
Apr. 15, 2016

Healthcare Data Science Company Proskriptive Closes Seed Round

by Proskriptive News Release

Proskriptive, a data science company that connects healthcare organizations with the analytics needed to deliver better patient care outcomes, announced today the closing of its seed round of funding providing $975,000 in capital. Proskriptive's seed round of funding was led by Epic Ventures of Salt Lake City, Michael Robinson, former Microsoft VP of Health and Life Sciences, as well as a host of angel investors from Boise, Tampa, St. Louis and Seattle. The investment brings Proskriptive's total funding since launching its predictive analytics technology for healthcare to $1.375 million.

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Feb. 27, 2015

St. Alphonsus to Build Brand New Nampa Hospital

by Saint Alphonsus

via Saint Alphonsus press release

Saint Alphonsus will be building a replacement hospital at the corner of I-84 and Garrity Avenue in Nampa, Idaho. The new $80 million facility will replace the hospital currently located on 12th Avenue in Nampa. Hospital officials are planning on opening the new hospital by the summer of 2017, which will also mark the 100th anniversary of the only Catholic hospital in Nampa.

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Dec. 12, 2014

Idaho PTECH: Building the Last Mile of Opportunity for Rural Students

The Idaho PTECH Network is a partnership between high schools, community colleges and employers so that the middle 50% of Idaho students, no matter where they live, can access college and jobs. 

Idaho PTECH students pick among three prominent local industries--Aerospace / Advanced Manufacturing, Technology and Healthcare--and spend part of their junior and senior high school years taking relevant online college classes through Idaho community colleges. The idea is that students can obtain an industry certificate and/or an associate’s degree within one to two years of high school graduation.

May. 21, 2015

St. Luke’s Recognized as One of 50 Great Health Systems to Know in 2015

St. Luke's Health System was named one of '50 Great Health Systems to Know' in 2015 by Becker's Hospital Review. Systems that were chosen have several awards for clinical and general excellence. Additionally, healthcare leaders were queried on what systems stood out in terms of overall excellence.

This year, St. Lukes has been nationally recognized for excellence across a number of areas including Heathgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and Truven Health Analytics Top 15 Health Systems in 2015 and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2015. 

Apr. 27, 2015

HeartSafe Meridian Launches First Phase

by City of Meridian Press Release

Last week, the City of Meridian took it's first steps toward making residents safer by installing 39 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in Meridian Parks and emergency and support vehicles. This was the first phase of HeartSafe Meridian, a citywide initative to identify cardiac arrest and better understand what to do in those situations. Future phases include free CPR classes and training for the AED devices for members of the community. 

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Apr. 8, 2016

St. Luke’s Recognized by Healthgrades for Providing Outstanding Patient Experience

by Chereen Langrill, St. Luke's

"Today is one of those frequent opportunities to be proud of, amazed at and grateful for the inspired people of St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s has been recognized, for the third consecutive year in a row, as one of Healthgrades’ very few Outstanding Patient Experience recipients for 2016. This acknowledgement of our Boise and Meridian locations and team members is validation from a nationally recognized organization focused on quality and outcomes, and Healthgrades this year also called out our McCall location for first-time Outstanding Patient Experience honors." - Dr. David C. Pate

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Nov. 18, 2014

Saint Alphonsus to Open $3M Clinic in Bown Crossing

Saint Alphonsus broke ground last week on a three million dollar clinic located in Bown Crossing. The clinic will specialize in cardiology, orthopedics and physical therapy. It is slated to open summer of 2015.
Mar. 23, 2017

Saint Alphonsus Nampa Makes Top 100 List

The hospital on 12th Avenue Road was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. This is the first time the hospital made the list.

The list is considered one of “the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind,” according to a Saint Alphonsus press release.

“Being recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals is truly an honor,” Saint Alphonsus — Nampa President Karl Keeler said in a press release. “Our staff and leadership work very hard to do what’s best for our patients, the community, and each other. This award is representative of the extraordinary people and high-quality care we deliver at Saint Alphonsus in Nampa.”

Jan. 28, 2016

St. Luke’s Receives 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award

by Admin

St. Luke's Receives National Recognition from Healthgrades.com

Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures. Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence Award have, on average, a lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the designation. 

What differentiates these hospitals from the rest is while many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes for some conditions and procedures, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive and consistent quality across a range of conditions and procedures.

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Feb. 25, 2016

Idaho State University Affiliates with New Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

by State of Idaho

With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced a new public-private partnership today to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center. 

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Apr. 16, 2015

MedTech Economic Development and Entrepreneur Non-Profits Develop Strategic Partnership in Idaho

by The CORE Idaho

The CORE, a non-profit focused on catalyzing the MedTech ecosystem in Idaho, and the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI) have developed a strategic partnership. The WBI is a Utah-based non-profit which educates companies through Cooperative Venturing, a mentor based training in the art and science of becoming attractive and viable investments-the essence of commercialization.

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Oct. 15, 2014

West Valley Begins $3 million Expansion to Improve Heart Care

This week West Valley Medical Center took the next step in bringing advanced electrophysiology treatments to Canyon County. The $3 million heart catheterization suite is the first of its kind in the region outside Boise. It will offer residents in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon more options when making important health care decisions. The existing suite will expand from 1,400- to 6,000-square-feet and contain upgraded X-ray and 3-D mapping equipment to provide highly accurate imaging of the heart and major vessels.