With an adoption rate approaching 100 percent, EHR systems have gained high traction among healthcare service providers mainly due to their operational efficiencies and the rising need for integrated healthcare facilities worldwide. By Kathy Trahan, market strategist responsible for vertical markets, Tripwire
With more software being written and more networked medical devices on the way, how can health IT Teams keep up? By John Matthew Holt, Founder and CTO, Waratek
The past 10 years has seen a rapid evolution of healthcare information technology. In 2007, only a small fraction of hospitals and physician practices used EHRs; now they’re almost ubiquitous, used by more than 87 percent of doctors and more than 94 percent of hospitals. Although the capture of digital information in EHRs is nearly ubiquitous, there are still opportunities to improve health information sharing capabilities as organizations strive to advance population health and further participate in value-based care.
The American Nurses Association just kicked off National Nurses Week 2017, honoring the nation’s three million nurses who are changing the face of patient care and compassion. Health IT Outcomes recently spoke with three nurses who also work in the healthcare IT space to hear how the latest technology advances are having a positive impact on the nursing profession. Here’s what they had to say.
This white paper from Midmark is the first in a series that defines the outpatient point of care ecosystem and examines how the key components that comprise it – such as interpersonal communication, patient education, patient and family conveyance, vitals acquisition, wait times, patientcaregiver interaction, and even data collection and documentation – have an impact on the patient experience.
As the healthcare industry has transitioned to digital health records, patient misidentification has become rampant and carries significant consequences that can negatively impact patient care and a hospital’s financial performance.
Despite the best intentions, healthcare organizations can struggle with consistently and reliably collecting precise patient information and matching individuals to their medical records. The consequences of patient misidentification and mismatching can be severe, ranging from medical errors to adverse effects on the bottom line. Patient misidentification also makes it difficult for organizations to track their costs and determine the total cost of care in risk-based arrangements.
For healthcare IT leaders charged with balancing the clinical need for more efficient technologies with the compliance and security requirements to safeguard protected health information (PHI), “The Imprivata Report on the Economic Impact of Inefficient Communications in Healthcare” provides a useful guide to understanding how communications inefficiency impacts provider workflows and the patient care process.
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?
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is wedding finances with patient care data to create more efficiency, increase profitability, and improve the delivery of patient care.
When attestations for Stage 1 of the EHR Meaningful Use (MU) program began in 2011, it seemed like the healthcare industry was on the right path to ushering in a fruitful digital era that would benefit clinicians and patients alike.
The North Shore–LIJ Medical Group refined its workflows and EHR processes to respond to last year’s Ebola outbreak, providing a blueprint for how to leverage technology to address future health epidemics.
Memorial Hospital’s CIO shares his strategy and best practices for establishing an enterprise data warehouse that is a “single source of truth.”
Providers are leveraging technology and enhancing education efforts earlier in the treatment process to better inform patients of their financial responsibility while gaining a competitive business edge.
From outdated technology to changing culture, three healthcare CIOs share their thoughts on the daily struggles they are facing and how they are overcoming them.
EHRs have provided faster access to patient data and billing information, but workflow disruptions have prevented many providers from realizing efficiency and patient care benefits from the technology.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, also called electronic medical records (EMRs), are designed to collect and store information about individual patients or populations digitally. Conceptually, the electronic aspect allow then to be shared across healthcare providers, departments, and locations. EHRs and EMRs provide an advantage over paper records by making patient data available instantly in any location and allowing data to be stored and retrieved more efficiently.
EHRs and EMRs can store information, images, scans, and more to provide physicians with a comprehensive view of a patient's medical history, current medications, allergies, immunizations, test and lab results, previous diagnoses, and other relevant information.
In addition to providing patient information, EHRs and EMRs allow providers to better automate and streamline the collection and organization of patient data. Electronic access to patient information allows healthcare organizations to make better decisions, spot trends and outbreaks, manage care quality, and report on outcomes.
EHRs and EMRs can also reduce redundancy and duplicate work, reducing staffing costs and freeing up personnel to spend more time with patients and less time with paperwork. This solution center is here to help you in your EHR research and to help you find the best EHR solution for your organization.
Partnership provides hospitals in North Carolina with earlier, better readmission predictions. By Christine Kern, contributing writer