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Indiana University Physician Receives Funding for Rare, Aggressive Breast Cancer Research
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Indiana University Physician Receives Funding for Rare, Aggressive Breast Cancer Research

INDIANAPOLIS – Women with a relatively rare but aggressive form of breast cancer may benefit from a unique tissue bank of normal breast tissue at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Bryan Schneider, MD, and doctoral student Milan Radovich will study the underlying molecular underpinning of inflammatory breast cancer using cutting edge technology called Next Generation Sequencing with the support of a $50,000 grant from the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Milburn Foundation partnership. This work will capitalize on the ability to compare genetic abnormalities against normal breast tissue.

"To identify the critical molecular changes that distinguish normal from malignant, and to detect the earliest indication of the transformation, researchers must be able to study normal breast cells," said Dr. Schneider, the recipient of the IBC grant. "Since 2005, hundreds of women have donated tissue to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank ® at the IU Simon Cancer Center to make it possible for researchers to identify abnormalities in cells. We are hopeful that the information contained in the Bank will direct scientists to cures for the many forms of breast cancer." Dr. Schneider is an assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and a researcher and clinician at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The Komen Tissue Bank is the largest and possibly only bank of normal breast tissue, blood and DNA in the nation.

Dr. Schneider and colleagues hope to identify novel drug targets for inflammatory breast cancer, which typically affects the skin. Unlike other forms of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer frequently does not develop masses or tumors within the breast which makes detection by mammograms or ultrasound technology difficult. Frequently inflammatory breast cancer is misdiagnosed as mastitis, a benign breast infection.

Even though this form of breast cancer only accounts for one percent to five percent of breast cancer cases in the United States, it contributes to a high percentage of breast cancer mortality. It is more common in sub-Saharan Africa but disproportionately affects African American and younger women in the United States. Few targeted therapies have been developed which contributes to the relatively low survival rate of 40 percent to 45 percent.

The study of inflammatory breast cancer and its aggressive, metastatic nature are essential to improve diagnosis, treatment and survival, said Dr. Schneider.

"It is our goal to provide new and advancing information about inflammatory breast cancer," said Dr. Schneider. "In the past we have had to react. We hope this research will inform us on ways to take proactive measures and provide insight on fundamental weaknesses in the disease that may be exploited for successful therapeutics."

The grant will allow Dr. Schneider and his New York University colleague Robert Schneider, PhD, to collect and compare normal breast tissue from the Komen Tissue Bank with other forms of aggressive breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer.

The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization incorporated in 1999, is committed to facilitating research and raising awareness of inflammatory breast cancer. The Milburn Foundation, a private charitable foundation, was created to support leaders who are making a difference in the fight against critical health-care challenges.

IU Simon Cancer Center Receives National Accreditation for Top Quality Care to Breast Patients
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IU Simon Cancer Center Receives National Accreditation for Top Quality Care to Breast Patients

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC gives accreditation only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.

"The NAPBC certification provides an independent assessment of the breast program at IU Simon Cancer Center," said Erika Rager, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of surgery with the IU School of Medicine and a researcher with the IU Simon Cancer Center. "Our full three-year accreditation confirms that we provide breast patients with the full range of services to meet their needs and the highest quality of care. From initial diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care, breast patients can be confident that we will meet all of their needs with the highest quality and compassion."

The American Cancer Society estimated 207,090 women nationwide, including 4,350 in Indiana, would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2010. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women nationwide who deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures a patient will have access to:• Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services• A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options• And, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

Contact Daniel Lee for more information at 317.963.0448.

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About Clarian Health – As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic health center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian owns or is affiliated with multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine—the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research.

About IU Simon Cancer Center – The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is an Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership. Located in Indianapolis, IU Simon Cancer Center serves as a regional and national referral center for state-of-the-art cancer treatment and is Indiana’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that provides patient care. The partnership between IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health is dedicated to establishing a state-wide health care delivery system that is supported by the scientific resources and clinical expertise of the medical school. Its mission is to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of cancer throughout Indiana and the world with patient-centered care, acceleration of promising science and collaborative educational programs. For more information visit www.cancer.iu.edu.Go to IU Health University Blog

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Clinical Trial Explores How Breast Cancer Survivors Can Improve Their Memory

INDIANAPOLIS – A new clinical trial explores ways in which women breast cancer survivors can improve their memory.

Many breast cancer survivors report problems with their memory, including forgetfulness, difficulty remembering information, or memory lapses.

Diane Von Ah, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, leads the clinical trial, “Memory Training Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors.”

“We hope to learn if this training is satisfactory and helpful in improving the memory of breast cancer survivors in need,” said Dr. Von Ah.

The trial tests ways women can improve their memory without taking medications. The study is open to women breast cancer survivors who are experiencing difficulties with their memory and are interested in treatment.

Participants in the study will be placed in one of three groups for training:-Groups 1 and 2 will meet with a trainer for a total of 10 hours over a five- to eight-week period.-Group 3 will receive all training material at the end of the study.Who is eligible?

To participate, you must be:-A female breast cancer survivor-Reporting some memory impairment-At least one year after chemotherapy treatment-At least age 40-Post-menopausal-Free of history of other cancers-The study will also include three memory assessments to be completed before, immediately after, and two months after training.

The assessments and training take place at the IU School of Nursing on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Free parking is available for all campus visits and a $25 gift certificate is given to participants after each memory assessment.

If you are interested in learning more, call 317.274.4330.

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America’s Top Doctors for Cancer Recognizes 21 IU School of Medicine Physicians

INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-one physicians with the Indiana University School of Medicine have been recognized as the best in their field.

The 21 are among 27 physicians statewide included in the most recent edition of America's Top Doctors for Cancer. The guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children.

The physicians — who either practice at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, IU Hospital, Methodist Hospital or Riley Hospital for Children, which are affiliated with Clarian Health — are:

John Coleman III, M.D. (plastic surgery)James Croop, M.D., Ph.D. (pediatric hematology/oncology)Lawrence Einhorn, M.D. (medical oncology)Robert Fallon, M.D., Ph.D. (pediatric hematology-oncology)Sherif Farag, M.D., Ph.D. (hematology)Richard Foster, M.D. (urology)Robert Goulet Jr., M.D. (surgery)Paul Haut, M.D., F.A.A.P. (pediatric hematology/oncology)Valerie Jackson, M.D. (diagnostic radiation)Michael Koch, M.D. (urology)Keith Lillemoe, M.D. (surgery)Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D. (medical oncology)David Plager, M.D. (ophthalmology)Frederick Rescorla, M.D. (pediatric surgery)Douglas Rex, M.D. (gastroenterology)Scott Shapiro, M.D. (neurological surgery)George Sledge Jr., M.D. (medical oncology)Frederick Stehman, M.D. (gynecologic oncology)Chandru Sundaram, M.D. (urology)Thomas Ulbright, M.D. (pathology)Terry Vik, M.D. (pediatric hematology-oncology)

"America's Top Doctors for Cancer has again recognized the expertise of the faculty physicians at the IU Simon Cancer Center and our other patient facilities," D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine, said. "The recognition is much appreciated and serves as a reminder that their skill, care and compassion are recognized by their patients, colleagues and others nationwide."

Published by Castle Connolly, the guide – now in its sixth edition — contains detailed profiles of more than 2,400 of America's leading cancer specialists across more than 40 medical specialties. The doctors are selected by a physician-led research team based on comprehensive national surveys of physicians and medical leaders.

When selecting a doctor for cancer, or any specialty for that matter, consider these factors:

Medical educationResidency and fellowshipsBoard certificationHospital appointmentAcademic and other professional titlesInsurance acceptedPersonality

The IU Simon Cancer Center, a partnership between the IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that provides patient care in Indiana. To learn more about the IU Simon Cancer Center, visit www.cancer.iu.edu.

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IU Simon Cancer Center’s Tissue Bank Collecting Samples Aug. 7

INDIANAPOLIS – Would you like to contribute to breast cancer research?

You can help by donating a tissue sample to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, 1030 W. Michigan St.

Parking is available across the street in the Vermont Street Garage on the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

What to Expect During the Donation Process:During the donation process, a tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia. The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).

To participate, women must:-be age 18 or older-have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign an informed consent-be willing to give one hour of their time to complete a questionnaire and a breast biopsy-not be allergic to local anesthetics (numbing medicine)-not be receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does not include aspirin)-not have breast implants or have had a breast reduction

To register, visit www.komentissuebank.iu.edu or contact Pat Mitchum at (317) 274-2366 or pamitchu@iupui.edu. Donors must have a confirmed appointment time.

By collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease. Samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called "normal" specimens. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center, which is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world, will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.

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IU Simon Cancer Center Researcher Heads Cancer Study During Indiana Black Expo’s Health Fair

INDIANAPOLIS – A small drop of blood can provide researchers with countless clues into cancer.

You can help researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center by donating a blood sample during the Indiana Black Expo’s INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair.

The researchers are participating in the Indiana State Department of Health’s One Stop-One Stick program which allows people to donate blood and receive free screenings of their choice.

Men and women with and without cancer can indicate they want their blood samples to be included in a study called IU-CABS – the Indiana University Cancer Biomarker Study – led by Noah Hahn, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a physician/researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The IU-CABS study will be located in booths 313, 315, 317, and 319 in Hall D of the Indiana Convention Center.

The booths are open:4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, July 151 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 1610 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, July 1712 – 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18

The study will help identify genetic and environmental risk factors that lead to the development of cancer.

Each participant will be asked to provide a one-time blood sample and complete a basic medical history questionnaire.

Dr. Hahn pointed out that minorities have historically been underrepresented in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment studies.

"The burden of cancer in minority communities is high," Dr. Hahn said. "Our understanding of the cancer biology in minority populations is poor. Increasing minority representation in research trials and research tissue banks is an enormous need. For us to make dramatic progress, we have to engage the community in the research process."

Since early 2007, Dr. Hahn and colleagues have worked closely with Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana State Department of Health to involve minority populations in research studies during various events. Thus far, nearly 2,500 men and women have participated with more than 575 individuals from minority populations.

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IU Simon Cancer Center Builds Its New Yoga Therapy Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Veteran yoga instructor Nancy Schalk is able to transform almost any spot at the IU Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University Health into an impromptu yoga space.

Schalk, director of the Yoga Therapy Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center, will help a patient in the chemotherapy-infusion area with breathing exercises. Or, work bedside with a patient in his or her room to perform poses to keep muscles as strong as possible during treatments. She'll spread out yoga mats in a break room or in the center's on-site studio to help patients, nurses or patients' loved ones practice yoga.

Since it began in January 2010, the Yoga Therapy Program has provided the stress-reducing and strength-building benefits of yoga to more than 275 patients, care providers, staff members and others at the IU Simon Cancer Center for a total of almost 800 yoga sessions. Participants in the free service range in age from 19 to 82. Most have no previous yoga experience.

"The most delightful thing patients tell me is that learning these simple yoga techniques gives them a way to participate in their own healing," said Schalk, a yoga teacher since 1984. "It allows them to make some effort and gives them useful tools to reduce some of the hardships of intense cancer treatment."

Schalk said patients many times have feelings that their body is betraying them by being so sick. Yoga, she said, can help give them a feeling of success and empowerment with their bodies.

Janet Schafstall of Franklin, Ind., was in the midst of her cancer diagnosis when she picked up a brochure about the yoga therapy program while at the IU Simon Cancer Center. Soon, Schafstall was meeting Schalk for one-on-one yoga instruction as well as attending group sessions.

"My yoga practice has made a world of difference in my attitude while dealing with my disease," Schafstall said. "There is now something I can do each day to make myself feel more positive. The benefits of a workout are immediate for me, and it is not only physical. It gives me a sense of well-being and control over my situation. I've become stronger, more flexible, and less apprehensive. I wish every cancer patient could experience this wonderful program."

The yoga therapy – part of the CompleteLife program at the IU Simon Cancer Center — is one of a small number of therapeutic yoga programs specifically designed for cancer patients. It includes the physical benefits of yoga poses (called asanas) as well as stress-reducing breathing exercises (called pranayamas), and simple self-soothing meditation practices.

"The primary goal of CompleteLifeTM is to encourage people affected by serious illness to connect with their inner resources and to gain confidence that, regardless of the outcome, they will transcend and find peace," said Dr. Larry Cripe, a hematologist and oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center and founder of CompleteLife. "There are many fads in contemporary American life. Nancy brings a deep understanding of the time-honored tradition of yoga and through her compassion she makes yoga accessible and valuable."

For more information or interviews on the Yoga Therapy Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center, call Daniel Lee at 317.963.0448.

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About Indiana University Health – Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

About IU Simon Cancer Center – The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is an Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health partnership. Located in Indianapolis, IU Simon Cancer Center serves as a regional and national referral center for state-of-the-art cancer treatment and is Indiana’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that provides patient care. The partnership between IU School of Medicine and Indiana University Health is dedicated to establishing a state-wide health care delivery system that is supported by the scientific resources and clinical expertise of the medical school. Its mission is to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of cancer throughout Indiana and the world with patient-centered care, acceleration of promising science and collaborative educational programs. For more information visit iuhealth.org/cancer and www.cancer.iu.edu.

About CompleteLife – The IU Simon Cancer Center's CompleteLife program offers complementary support and care for patients and their families and caregivers. Our team of experts provides comprehensive and compassionate care through programs that offer art and music therapy, support groups, psychiatric/psychological consultation, financial and resource counseling, appearance consultation, light massage and healing touch, nutrition counseling and spiritual support. Because cancer can affect the roles and routines of the whole family, CompleteLife is structured to address the needs and concerns of family members, including children, in addition to supporting the patient during and after treatment. For more information, please visit www.cancer.iu.edu/completelife.

Honoring Hoosier Heroes With LifeLine Flight to Indy 500
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Honoring Hoosier Heroes With LifeLine Flight to Indy 500

With the national spotlight pointed toward Indiana for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Indiana University Health will take to the skies above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to recognize some of the state’s most heroic Hoosiers during this year’s IU Health LifeLine Fly-In, which will take place on Race Day, Sunday, May 29, shortly after 10 a.m.The IU Health LifeLine Fly-In is an annual event where an IU Health LifeLine medical helicopter, on its way to provide on-site care at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, transports a special group of honorees who will present the green flag at the starting line for the world-famous 500-mile race.

This year’s flight will pay tribute to ‘Hoosier Heroes’—the thousands of unsung public safety professionals across the state who have dedicated their lives to keeping the people of Indiana safe and helping them in times of need. The heroes participating in this year’s flight were chosen to represent all of the law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers throughout Indiana that work together every day to protect and save the lives of Hoosiers.“Every day, our city’s public safety professionals dedicate themselves to the health and wellbeing of Indianapolis. It is a very simple, but incredibly remarkable thing – literally thousands of our community’s men and women willing to offer everything they have for the people of this city. For that, we owe them our gratitude,” explains Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “I am grateful for IU Health’s dedication to these exceptional men and women and for giving all of us the chance to celebrate the outstanding work they do.”

“This flight is a show of our appreciation for all of the Hoosier Heroes in public safety agencies that often go unrecognized,” says Teri Grau, director of IU Health LifeLine. “We couldn’t save as many lives if it wasn’t for their teamwork and partnership. We want everyone to join us in recognizing their dedication to the people of Indiana.”

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Make sure you're following IU Health on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real-time coverage of the Hoosier Heroes Fly-in. The official hashtag for the flight is #HoosierHeroes500.

The IU Health LifeLine Fly-In participants representing ‘Hoosier Heroes’ across the state will include:

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Troy RiggsTroy Riggs is the Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). Riggs, who brings more than 26 years of public safety experience to IMPD, leads a department of approximately 1,700 law enforcement officers and 250 civilian employees. IMPD is dedicated to protecting and serving the people of Indianapolis and Marion County. In addition to patrolling and investigating, IMPD works to engage the community in positive ways to ensure every citizen is offered an opportunity to live in a safe neighborhood and free from the fear of crime.

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) Chief Ernest MaloneErnest Malone is the Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD). Since joining IFD 30 years ago, Malone has risen through the ranks of the department, having served as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. As the Chief of IFD, Malone oversees the activities of 44 fire stations, more than 1,200 sworn firefighters and nearly 70 civilian staff members who provide services for Hoosiers living within the 278 square-mile district of downtown Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) Chief Charles Miramonti, MDCharles Miramonti, MD, a trained emergency medicine physician, has been the Chief of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and the Chief of EMS for the City of Indianapolis since 2011. Under the direction of Dr. Miramonti, IEMS stands as the largest provider of emergency pre-hospital medical care in the state, responding to over 100,000 calls to 9-1-1 each year. IEMS strives to provide the best pre-hospital medical services to the community through the endless pursuit of excellence in patient-centered care, education, efficiency, efficacy, safety, and quality of service.

IU Health Methodist Hospital senior trauma surgeon Timothy Pohlman, MDTimothy Pohlman, MD, is the senior trauma surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital, the state’s largest and busiest Level I trauma center, which treats approximately 3,600 patients with traumatic injuries annually. Dr. Pohlman, who also treats patients at the IU Health Emergency Medical Center located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was the same trauma surgeon who operated on IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe after he sustained life-threatening injuries during a practice-related crash at the track last May.

IU Health LifeLine veteran critical care transport nurse Barbara CoffelBarbara Coffel, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, is a 27-year veteran critical care transport nurse with IU Health LifeLine, which provides specialized care and transport services for the most critically ill and injured patients, anytime, anywhere. Since becoming Indiana’s first air medical transportation provider in 1979, IU Health LifeLine has grown into one of the nation’s largest hospital-based providers. IU Health LifeLine has five bases strategically located across Indiana and an expansive fleet of some of the industry’s most advanced medical transport vehicles, including the latest medical helicopters and mobile intensive care units as well as a fixed wing aircraft.

Previous LifeLine Indy 500 Fly-in Guests

In previous years, the IU Health LifeLine Fly-In to the Indianapolis 500 has featured patients and some of Indiana’s most well-known sports figures, including Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano, Quarterback Andrew Luck and Punter Pat McAfee as well as three-time NBA All-Star Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.

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Uncover Hidden Costs: What You Can Do to Improve Your Bottom Line

Healthcare costs. They make headlines. They cause concern. And companies struggle to manage them. But in the quest to control healthcare expenses, many employers are unaware of additional “hidden” costs.

The hidden or indirect costs of poor health—including absenteeism, disability and reduced productivity—may actually be several times higher than direct medical costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers roughly $1,685 per employee each year, or $225.8 billion annually. Ultimately, these losses negatively impact an employer’s bottom line.

Chronic disease is one big culprit, and it runs rampant in employee populations nationwide. It makes a huge impact on the health of individuals, resulting in decreased productivity. In fact, about half of U.S. adults (117 million people) have at least one chronic condition, and about one quarter of adults have two or more chronic diseases, the CDC reports. When it comes to healthcare expenditures, 84 percent are attributed to individuals with chronic conditions, totaling more than $1 trillion annually.

To combat these costs and productivity losses, a proactive strategy is needed—one that focuses on keeping “at-risk” employees from developing costly chronic conditions.

Increase Productivity with a Health and Wellness Strategy

With high costs, productivity losses and people’s health at stake, it makes sense for employers to consider a health and wellness strategy focused on risk reduction.

For example: When an individual quits smoking for just one year, the risk of heart disease is reduced to about half of that of a smoker, reports the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health and wellness programs typically start by using biometric screenings and data analytics to segment the workforce into three primary categories: “well/healthy,” “at-risk” or “chronically ill.” Appropriate wellness education and support programs are provided to promote positive behavior changes, reduce risks and maintain health.

To make wellness programs more engaging and effective, many employers are adding on-site health clinics. Staffed with nurses or other clinicians, these clinics can provide employees with convenient access to services such as primary care, regular flu shots, biometric screenings, prescriptions for generic drugs (depending on local law) and lab work.

As a result of these wellness strategies, employers typically see improved employee health, increased productivity and a healthier bottom line—illustrated by the fact that 87 percent of employers plan to continue to focus on wellness and care management, according to a recent Price Waterhouse Coopers survey.

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To learn more about productivity-enhancing and cost-saving health strategies, read our latest white paper, Boost Profits by Reducing Smoking, Obesity & Hypertension.

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IU Health hires new CIO to oversee growing tech

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University Health has hired an information technology veteran to be its new chief information officer.

Mark Lantzy recently joined IU Health as senior vice president and CIO. In his new role, Lantzy will have overall responsibility for information services (IS), including strategic planning, operations and project delivery, for IU Health’s 16-hospital system, health plans and physicians network.

“I am very pleased to join an organization so important to the lives of our patients and Hoosiers,” Lantzy said. “There is a rapidly growing technology sector in Indianapolis and the opportunity to bring innovation and new approaches to our health information technology capability is exciting.”

Lantzy, who has a 20-year career in health information services, comes to IU Health after serving as chief operations officer and CIO for Gateway Health, a Pittsburgh-based managed care organization for Medicaid and Medicare members. Previously Lantzy held leadership positions for WellCare Health Plans, Aetna, and Accenture.

“Mark is a dynamic, accomplished leader who will help recruit top talent to our 600-person information technology team and leverage IU Health’s IT infrastructure to benefit patients and providers,” said Ryan Kitchell, executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Lantzy takes over from Bill McConnell, who is headed for retirement. As CIO, McConnell led statewide IS integration projects, built IU Health’s data warehouse and decision support and analytics capabilities, stabilized IS infrastructure and systems performance, and worked to expand research systems capabilities with IU School of Medicine and associated institutes.

McConnell is staying on for several months to serve in a human relations role at IU Health.