The 3 Sides To Building FHIR
The 3 Sides To Building FHIR

The FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard has reached a key milestone with release 4. The standard itself, and vendor support, have attained a plateau of maturity, and the industry is anticipating its potential benefits. Now, an important question lingers – will this revision of FHIR bring the ecosystem closer to a single standard of interoperability?

  • Independent Practice Leverages EHR To Implement ‘Credit-Card-On-File’ Program, Shoring Up Cash Flow

    Things began to change for Orthopaedics & Rheumatology of the North Shore (ORNS) once our small, independent practice realized we could no longer afford to operate as a defacto bank for patients. Like other provider groups across the nation, our Skokie, Illinois-based practice has been grappling with an ever-increasing mix of patients who hold high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). While HDHPs may benefit health insurers’ bottom lines, they can have the effect of severely hampering providers’ cash flow – especially small groups, like four-provider practice.

  • 4 Ways To Address Socioeconomic Factors In Your Practice

    The United States is a hodgepodge of different income levels, backgrounds, cultures, geographical locations (rural vs. urban), and even languages. These differences impact not only your day-to-day interactions with patients, but also the successful implementation of practice policies, such as cancellation and no-show policies. In order to boost the overall success of your practice’s operations and improve the health outcomes of your patient base, it’s important that you understand and take these differences into account.

  • Targeting High-Risk Patients: A Population Health Strategy

    Population health is a hot topic within the healthcare industry, as providers move from traditional fee-based to value-based models. In the annual Numerof State of Population Health Survey, 95 percent of the U.S. C-suite healthcare executives surveyed ranked population health as “moderately” and “critically” important.

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    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.

  • Measurable Improvement To Hospital Communications – Pediatric Quality & Safety Article

    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.

  • Real-Time Healthcare Analytics: Monitor, Predict, Nudge, Act

    It was a Monday night, the busiest time in the ED. The ED charge nurse received an alert on her Vocera smartphone app. The alert was from Qventus, which predicts operational bottlenecks and recommends course corrections. The alert was telling the charge nurse that the ED was going to have a surge of patients in two hours. Qventus predicted this with machine learning based on the current census in the ED, historical admit and discharge times, the practice patterns of the clinicians currently working in the ED, and the current queue and expected turnaround times for diagnostic tests.

  • Hospital Communication: How Many Apps Does It Take to Make A Phone Call?

    A physician needed to perform emergency surgery at a hospital that was in the same large integrated delivery network she worked in, but not her home hospital. As she set out to prep for the case, she needed to contact the care team, including the on-call ER doctor, surgery team, and the person in charge of room scheduling. She needed to find and obtain supplies.

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    Vocera Communications

    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 True ROI Of SSO And VDI

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    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.

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