New technologies offer leaps in healthcare capabilities, but the resulting explosion of data leads to new maladies to cure.
The healthcare field is currently in a precarious position. New technologies promise to improve care and increase the success of outcomes with far greater consistency. But those same technologies create vulnerabilities and invite cyberthreats that put every one of those agendas in jeopardy. U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights believes the final number of cyberattacks in 2017 will far outpace 2016’s figure.
From wall mounts, to patient e-tablets to flexible and configurable medical carts and telemedicine solutions, innovative medical furniture is supporting the technology transforming healthcare every day. The challenge lies in integrating this new equipment and technology into caregiver workflows throughout the hospital. Many facilities were built decades before the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) and were not designed to accommodate these high-tech, digital solutions and the equipment personalized to help enhance caregiver health and caregiving.
We all know that the healthcare industry is undergoing an intense season of change, largely in response to an evolving political and regulatory climate. Operating a healthcare business is becoming increasingly complex, with mounting pressure to improve operational processes and maintain profitability despite ever narrowing margins. Fortunately, there are seemingly endless health and information management technologies available to help organizations improve operational efficiency.
The need for efficient, reliable, and cost-effective storage solutions has never been greater. Healthcare providers are awash in data and as the amount of data healthcare users create continues to grow, so does the need for more robust security and better storage management.
As a $2.5 billion nonprofit healthcare network with 11 hospitals, 210 physician clinics, and home and hospice services throughout Colorado, Kansas and Montana, SCL Health supports more than 20,000 associates, physicians, clinical staff, students, contractors and consultants. This means that at any given moment, there are thousands of people who depend on the SCL Health IT network to access patient records, care for patients using an electronic medical record, and schedule and coordinate appointments. Since 2005, SCL Health has been in a strategic partnership with Citrix to facilitate and streamline its IT processes by simplifying how associates access data and systems so they can ultimately focus more time on patients.
Value-Based Payment Hits The Tipping Point: Second in a series of national research studies on healthcare’s transition from volume to value.
The U.S. healthcare industry’s claims-payment system is frustrating to providers, payers, and patients alike. Inefficiency and a systemwide tendency for error wastes precious resources, worsens miscommunication and mistrust among all stakeholders, and inhibits the ability to transition to value-based approaches that achieve better outcomes. We need to rethink our industry’s disjointed and siloed approach in order to solve a very integrated problem.
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?
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