New technology and software solutions are thrusting the medical industry forward at lightning speed. These state-of-the-art applications and advancements are not only saving lives but are helping people live healthier, happier and longer than at any time in history.
Patient safety problems, from hospital-acquired infections to medical errors, occur much too frequently. This year, 800 hospitals will incur reimbursement penalties from Medicare because of high rates of infections and patient injuries, and a recent Johns Hopkins study found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer.
For every 100 physicians in the US, 32 are PCPs. However, for every 100 patients in the US, 52 patients visit a PCP each month. Add to that the lack of streamlined communication channels between primary care providers and specialists which often results in gaps in care.
For at least the past 10 years, healthcare providers have invested in tools that utilize computing and information technology to better control patient outcomes. Several large hospital systems in the U.S. have reported meaningful improvements in metrics such as length of inpatient hospital stays, need for post-operative antibiotics and 30-day re-admissions. These positive outcomes are credited to the increased use of predictive analytics that model patient scenarios as part of a real-time connected healthcare system (RTHS). A cornerstone of the RTHS is connectivity among patients, healthcare providers as well as devices and systems that generate, process and store real-time data.
Paris Community Hospital was seeking to simplify the management of its IT assets and reduce the time and effort expended on maintaining the environment. With an IT department of four staff to manage 500 machines, the organization was finding it difficult to provide timely and efficient service to users.
Hardin memorial health accelerates care, improves critical workflows and boosts patient satisfaction.
With the growing number of “check lists” and mounting pressures to improve quality, safety, efficiency and performance, it is easy for healthcare providers to lose sight of an essential part of medicine – compassion.
A recently released article in the Journal of Pediatric Quality and Safety shows the independent research results of an observational study on how to reduce the time nurses and physicians spend on communication tasks that take them away from patient care in a critical care environment.
Vocera empowers care teams through intelligent, real-time communication. We enable communication and coordination across the patient’s Healthcare experience. Vocera helps care team members reach the right person at the right time, on the right device, with the right information, in the right place, anywhere.
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The long-anticipated Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry has been released by the HHS Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, and with it comes clear, prescriptive recommendations on protecting your organization from the growing risk of cyber-attacks.
To protect PHI, healthcare organizations often build a system of usernames and complex passwords. But why are we still relying on usernames and passwords when solutions such as single sign-on (SSO) have a measurable benefit of giving time back to clinicians, which is everything in healthcare. That time saved –amounting to hours per week – can now be spent with patients, increasing both patient and clinician satisfaction.
UW Medicine’s Valley Medical Center dramatically improved patient outcomes after moving to a smartphone-based platform for clinical communication and alarm and alert notification.