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.
A growing body of evidence links patient experience to quality, safety, and financial outcomes for hospitals and health systems. As patients have more information and freedom to choose providers, it is more important than ever to ensure consistent, seamless healthcare journeys. To create market differentiation, attract new patients, and generate loyalty, organizations must integrate traditional approaches to efficiency and quality with a culture that focuses on relationships and patient-centered care.
Big Data is everywhere. However, as the list of Big Data tools grows and grows, organizations of all sizes often struggle to build and maintain analytics infrastructures that are future-proof. Nowhere is this clearer than in the development of healthcare analytics.
Integrated technologies have already begun to impact the discipline of nursing. Nurse leaders are positioned to influence how technology is applied in the patient care environment, but many aren’t asking the critical questions that need to be asked or claiming their rightful seat at the table.
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By Patrick McCabe, Nuage Networks, Nokia
Existing legacy IT networks are limiting the transformational possibilities of today's digital technologies. The way forward lies in new software-defined networks (SDN and SD-WAN) that will provide an affordable, reliable, and secure platform for the next steps in the delivery of value-based healthcare.