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Delivering Patient Information Quickly and Securely To Those Who Need It

Healthcare professionals need the ability to send and retrieve patient information as quickly and securely as possible. Timely delivery of information helps their organization run more efficiently, while securing information distribution helps them protect patient privacy and meet federal requirements for patient data…


Added by Edward Norton on July 14, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

One of the Reasons Attestations Fail...Training

I recently read an article about a keynote who predicted 80% of hospitals will fail stage 2 attestation.*  There are obviously many factors that can contribute to such a failure but I am passionate that the educational efforts for our implementations are partly to blame for missed goals.  You see, unfortunately training is often an…


Added by Linda Hainlen on July 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Solving the Gap Between Users and Help Desk Personnel

Medical employees time is spent working with the Help Desk in resolving IT issues, this results in long waiting time which takes away time from helping patients. They waste precious time dealing with them. What is the solution to make this process easier?

Winola Lake Health IT is…


Added by Robert Corio, Jr on July 8, 2014 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Patient Activation Matters. Does Your Patient Education Solution Engage and Activate?

Research continues to show that highly activated patients are more likely to have better outcomes:

  • Highly activated patients have lower healthcare costs 
  • Patients with higher activation levels are more likely to have normal systolic…

Added by Laura Harter on July 8, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Are You Looking to Make an Impact in Your Physician Community?

For hospitals to remain competitive, it’s imperative that they can electronically exchange orders and results with physician EMRs. Doing so helps both physicians and the hospital with Meaningful Use objectives. It also creates more efficiency for practices by streamlining workflow and saving time that used to be spent…


Added by Erin Murray on July 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Downtime: What Happens When Disaster Strikes?

“I’m sorry, our system is down.” -  One sentence that makes any CIO’s blood pressure skyrocket. Today hospital staffs have been trained to use systems and rely on electronics for just about everything they need to do to get their job done. But what happens when those systems go down?

Whether your HIS…


Added by Alexandra Casey on July 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tips for a Successful Single Sign-On (SSO) Deployment in a Virtual Environment

An increasing number of MEDITECH hospitals have moved to a virtual environment or are planning to. They recognize that delivering ease-of-use and rapid access to applications doesn’t have to mean a compromise in security. Join Forward Advantage as we hear from a panel of CIOs and MDs who have successfully deployed a…


Added by Erin Murray on June 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Avoid Nested and Cascading Control Statements in Macros

If you've ever been faced with the task of having an NPR macro check a variable for a list of values,  if you're like me,  you've lamented the fact that Magic NPR doesn't have anything like a switch/case least not one that I've found.

I was recently asked to help find a…


Added by David Rothbauer on June 23, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Pushing Evidence into the Hands of Clinicians to Coordinate Care Transitions and Prevent Readmissions

Meritage ACO, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and other community providers have  deployed a real-time multidisciplinary mobile care navigation network that has enabled multiple caregivers, from diverse locations, to seamlessly collaborate on care, create safe transition plans, and engage patients…


Added by Sean Forster on June 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Test Your Reporting System’s Performance

Many people live by the proverb “it is a poor workman who blames his tools”. But reporting technology has advanced so rapidly, it is a good time to examine your tools and skills. Employing up-to-date tools and techniques can speed you through your report backlog.

 In a recent survey by KPMG, CIOs and CFOs…


Added by Marilyn Marchant on June 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Toward a Completely Paperless Physician Workflow

The Holy Grail of EHRs is a completely paperless physician workflow. Most community hospitals still have a long way to go to achieve this goal, but significant progress is being made.

Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) in Ventura, California, is heading…


Added by Donald M. Burt, MD on June 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ensuring Timely, Secure and Accurate Delivery of Patient Information

Healthcare organizations that are dealing with increasing patient loads and government regulations have two critical goals: to simplify management and reduce costs. They also require the ability to send and retrieve patient information and reports in a highly secure environment. Secure electronic delivery of healthcare records…


Added by Edward Norton on June 10, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Innovative Automation for Meditech Client/Server

There is a long history of using automation to optimize Meditech.  Many organizations try to use non-Meditech specific macros or scripting tools to achieve this optimization. Success, or another way of putting it, “works with Meditech”, is in the eyes of the beholder. In the old days, someone could sit in a chair, close their eyes, count…


Added by Thom C. Blackwell on June 10, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

July 1st Deadline: Are You Ready for the Transition of Care MU Requirement?

HISP and Direct Messaging solutions continue to dominate conversations in the Healthcare IT community. The first in the series of deadlines is slated for July 1st to meet the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Transition of Care requirement.  This date is quickly approaching and many hospital organizations are…


Added by Alexandra Casey on June 4, 2014 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

Decisions, Decisions - Build or Buy?

The basic decision of build versus buy applies to many things in our personal and professional lives. The answer depends on what is involved.

In our personal lives, somehow home improvement stories always leap to mind first---for good reasons. We all know someone who decided to build (do it yourself) instead of buy…


Added by Anita Karcz on June 4, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Filling the Gaps in Your Paperless Systems: Making Good on the Promise of Web-Based Forms

Your hospital has spent a lot of time and money trying to go paperless. And yet, you’re still printing, scanning and manually entering data for paper documents, in clinical departments, registration and the back office. Plus, people are still filling in Word, PDF and other unmanaged electronic forms. No matter how hard you…


Added by Cody Strate on May 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Does Your Hospital Organization Need Cost Accounting?

Does your hospital organization need cost accounting?  After all, hospital cost accounting has a reputation of being a lot of work to implement and maintain. Why not continue using cost-to-charge ratios or other workarounds? Do the benefits of cost accounting really outweigh the cost and effort to implement and…


Added by Steve Imus on May 16, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

The Role of Nursing Informaticists in Evidence-Based Practice Initiatives

With a strong urgency to improve compliance in care plans, the nursing leadership team at White Plains Hospital decided to take action by appointing a nurse informaticist to manage the shift in care plan compliance. When conducting an evaluation of its current state, White Plains Hospital found that the care plan…


Added by Sean Forster on May 12, 2014 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

Winchester Hospital Successfully Tackles Integration

Interoperability is a complex topic, not to mention it's constantly changing. Having the ability to fully integrate your systems, and having the ability to connect your HIS to any vendor or receiving system is quite a feat.

Understandably so, many of the technologies out there are pricey. But…


Added by Alexandra Casey on May 5, 2014 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Yet Another Existential Crisis - Voluntary eCQM Updates

Just when you think you have everything under control, CMS releases voluntary updates to the CQMs!  Of course, the deafening screams of terror, anger and frustration died down rapidly when everyone realized that the word “voluntary” was attached to the updates.  For those of you who noticed that the release date was April 1, I would…


Added by Anita Karcz on April 29, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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