While a majority of hospitals use barcode scanning and mobile printing systems, many are not using the technology to its full potential. With newer, more innovative mobile applications now available in the marketplace, hospital clinicians and technicians across all departments are being empowered to improve the quality of patient care and enhance workflow efficiency. One type of mobile technology that has proven especially valuable is software systems using barcoded labels and patient wristbands to authenticate both specimen and patient ID at the point of care.
Hospitals with D or F grades had a nearly 50 percent higher risk of avoidable death. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Six health IT requirements are in place for participants in the new program. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
As the fitness tracker moves into medical gadgets, it risks flagging the attention of the FDA By Christine Kern, contributing writer
As the amount of digital patient data grows exponentially, healthcare providers are seeking new methods of leveraging the power of Big Data to improve decision making and generate better patient outcomes.
To comply with the Readmissions Reduction Program, Nash Healthcare had to reduce time clinicians spent with traditional chart audit methods and allow them to spend more time with patients.
By leveraging medical device data management technology, UC San Diego Medical Center was able to accelerate diagnoses for its cardiac patients and reduce the overall length of stay in its ER by 92 minutes.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is wedding finances with patient care data to create more efficiency, increase profitability, and improve the delivery of patient care.
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
According to a recent Medscape survey, 46% of physicians say they are burned out. How much is the drive towards health IT adoption contributing to this epidemic?
Just when the Meaningful Use program was on life support, the ONC makes two key announcements that seem to have healthcare leaders rallying around the program (and the organization) once again.
A new Harris Poll suggests cost fears keep many people from visiting the doctor even if they are insured. This telling data is yet another illustration of the need for price transparency in healthcare.
When our organization, Oakland Regional Hospital, a 45-bed general acute care hospital in the Detroit metropolitan area, migrated to a new EHR system, we also had an opportunity to improve our data security policies and procedures. With our former EHR, our data security protocol was reactive based on reported incidents, which we realized was not sustainable from a risk management perspective.
A viral outbreak of epidemic proportions is disrupting medical services across the country, most recently stalling procedures and causing delays at MedStar, a community-based health system in Washington, D.C. Similarly disrupted was a hospital in Kentucky, declaring an “internal state of emergency” due to a virus, while a Southern California hospital paid $17,000 to cure a virus earlier this year.
There’s a new sense of urgency in the healthcare community when it comes to expanding patient engagement, and for good reason. Evidence continues to quantify the strong link between more involved patients and improved outcomes. In addition, expanded patient engagement is essential to a provider’s financial viability under a pay-for-performance model.
The digital revolution in healthcare is well under way. As physicians have been more apt to use electronic medical records (EMRs) and pharma companies and medical researchers are now using electronic databases to hold and protect their data, healthcare holds and manages some of the most complex and contextually rich data sets of any industry. However, using that data to its fullest capacity to make intelligent clinical decisions at the point of care continues to be a pain point facing hospitals and health systems.
There are a number of issues and trends impacting the healthcare industry that should be of particular note for home health providers as the push to provide better care to more individuals continues.
No question, mobile devices have transformed home health care delivery. Highly portable laptops, tablets and smartphones make it simple and convenient for nurses, therapists and other clinicians to document vital data, access patient records and check drug interactions – right in patient homes.
Fueled by aging Baby Boomers, the need for coordinated, team-based patient care is spilling beyond hospital walls into the quickly expanding realm of home health and hospice care.
Hospitals seeking to conquer the stubbornly persistent problem of patient safety can start by expanding the adoption of barcoding technology into all areas of the hospital, from the patient room to the lab to the pharmacy. Although barcoding outcomes to date may have fallen short of expectations, it’s important to recognize that both the technology and utilization are maturing, providing the opportunity to make great strides toward improved safety and quality of care at a fraction of the time and cost investment required for an enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) implementation.
Consistent, high-quality patient care requires evidence-based content incorporated into the care process. Elsevier integrates more than 100 years of world-class clinical knowledge into provider workflows, making it accessible to providers and their patients where and when they need it.
A2iA Corporation, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis, is a worldwide leading developer of natural handwriting recognition, Intelligent Word Recognition (IWR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) technologies and products for the payment, mail, document and forms processing markets.
Solutionreach is a cloud-based platform built upon patient engagement technology, designed to help healthcare professionals eliminate the communication gaps that occur between their practice and their patients. The tools and services included with the platform focus on maintaining engaged relationships with each patient, all throughout the continuum of care.
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Many if not most healthcare executives and traditional care providers view “Patient Engagement” as ambiguous in terms of measureable clinical value and actual financial ROI. Thus, financial and human resources are allocated to Patient Engagement projects only with significant hesitancy (if at all).
When providing patient care, every minute counts. As clinical mobility continues to increase, the efficient communication and collaboration among physicians, nurses, and other providers is critical to the delivery of quality patient care. In this environment, healthcare organizations must find a way to balance the clinical need for better, faster communication with safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI).
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