Feature Articles

  1. Valley Medical Center Improves Patient Outcomes And Achieves Cost Savings With Communication Platform

    Valley Medical Center is an acute care, non-profit community hospital in the suburbs of Seattle. An entity of University of Washington Medicine, Valley Medical Center has a network of primary care, urgent care and specialty care clinics throughout King County. HealthCare’s Most Wired and HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 awards are evidence of the hospital’s commitment to using innovative healthcare technologies to deliver high-quality care.

  2. UCSF Medical Center At Mission Bay Consolidates Communication And Alarm Functions

    To meet growing demand and address the need for improved facilities, University of California San Francisco Medical Center spent 10 years and $1.5 billion on a new, three-building hospital complex in Mission Bay. The new facility includes a 289-bed children’s, women’s specialty, and cancer hospital complex, which opened to the public in February 2015 with state-of-the-art equipment and emerging technologies.

  3. Sarasota Memorial Brings Physicians, Nurses And Administrators Together With Communication Solution

    Voalte Me™ extends the capabilities of Voalte One™ by connecting caregivers inside and outside the hospital walls. In the hospital, they use hospital-owned shared devices, while those outside use personal smartphones. At Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida, physicians, nursing managers and administrators are relying on Voalte Me to send and receive secure text messages about patient care, strategize on how to alleviate weekend crowding in the Emergency Department, and disseminate group messages to the staff. And they do all this from outside the hospital, using their own personal smartphones equipped with Voalte Me.

  4. 3 Keys To A Successful Healthcare Communication Platform

    When it comes to healthcare communication, no single software application can meet every need. To achieve seamless care collaboration, you need a comprehensive healthcare communication platform that provides multiple applications. To manage complex business functions, many market sectors have been shifting to a software platform model. Some platforms even offer development tools that allow companies to create their own applications.

  5. 3 Ways Smartphones Improve The ED Throughput Process

    Many hospitals consider the Emergency Department (ED) as their hospital’s front door. Some patients arrive seeking treatment for a sports injury or a bee sting. Others are rushed in by ambulance, suffering from a potentially life-threatening event.

  6. Physician Communication: 3 Key Elements To Secure Texting

    A strong smartphone platform with secure texting lets physicians communicate with other healthcare providers without the inefficiencies of pagers and call-back loops. Be confident that your physicians are communicating securely inside and outside the hospital by choosing a smartphone solution that includes these three key elements.

  7. Hierarchical Condition Categories Part 1: What’s All The Buzz About?

    There is quite a bit of discussion around Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) these days. And for good reason: as the risk adjustment model used since 2004 to determine reimbursement for various Medicare plans, the HCC framework is progressively being applied to numerous healthcare reform initiatives. In this two-part series, we break down the basics of HCCs, why they matter and how all healthcare stakeholders should respond to them going forward.

  8. Health Language And MediMobile Partner To Improve The Hospital Revenue Cycle

    It’s no secret that reimbursement is increasingly complex for today’s hospitals and health systems. In truth, a fair amount of billing inaccuracies and missed charge capture has always been part of the bottom-line challenge. But today’s providers simply cannot afford to let any money slip through the cracks as they navigate new value-based care models and take on more risk.

  9. How Better Postsurgical Pain Management Impacts The Hospital Bottom Line

    On paper, opioids are inexpensive analgesics, so if all we are looking at is the cost of one medication over another, opioids will win nearly every time. But a look at their impact across the episode of care will tell a very different — and very costly — story. There are significant costs associated with treating opioid-related adverse events, such as urinary retention for example, which requires catheterization and often extends length of stay, but all too often, these costs go unnoticed because they do not align to the Pharmacy budget.

  10. Adapt And Thrive With An Integrated Approach

    Running a physician practice has never been easy, something that isn’t going to change any time soon. Today’s environment requires even more than clinical and business expertise — it demands adaptability. It involves building a long-term strategy to handle change.