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Cultivating a Culture of Safety

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

A healthy patient who was expected to make a full recovery from a routine surgical procedure is found dead in bed from an unintentional opiod overdose. Another patient developed severe internal hemorrhaging and a near-fatal infection caused by a surgical sponge that was mistakenly left inside the patient’s abdominal cavity. These and other disturbing medical mistakes are also referred to as Never Events — and for an obvious reason — they should never happen. Not only are Never Events harmful to patient-victims, but healthcare givers can also suffer emotional and psychological distress. Medical errors such as these are also bad news for a medical facility’s budget and reputation.

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Building Sustainable PHM Initiatives: 5 Things You Should Expect From An Industry Partner

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The race is on to effective management of high-risk patient populations. Payers and providers recognize future survival in the fee-for-value world depends on having the right systems in place. Yet, in the rush to implement effective care management infrastructures, many forget to consider the big picture of optimization and sustainability.

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Attaining a 360 Degree View of the Patient

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Over the last 10 years, the healthcare industry has experienced a major shift in both the prevalence and importance of information technology. Electronic health records have progressed from bleeding edge, to basic requirement, to competitive differentiator. Claims and authorizations have made the leap from the fax machine to the cloud. Patient engagement has transitioned from printed questionnaires to connected devices and wearables. Care team communication has evolved from paper memoranda to secure mobile communication.

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Achieving Higher Quality Care and Patient Safety

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

The field of clinical analytics enables cooperation between patients, providers, and payers. This is sometimes easier said than done. The end goal for healthcare organizations is to improve outcomes and reduce costs. With so many factors in play regarding clinical analytics, Health Management Technology was curious about current issues surrounding the topic. We asked a roundtable of relevant solutions providers to expand on how they achieved a higher quality of care and patient safety, the challenges they are facing in the industry, and what their predictions for the future of clinical analytics are as well as their newest advancements and technologies. Here’s what they had to say.

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Why Making the Case for Interoperability Standards is Needed

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Interoperability. Thinking about the topic is daunting itself but for those on the frontlines of care delivery and for patients, its increasingly becoming necessary as the healthcare industry enters into a more networked era.

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Laying the Foundations for the New Healthcare: A Map of the New, Data-Driven Landscape

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

IT leaders at organizations like Geisinger Health, VITL, and Orlando Health are offering maps for success in laying the foundations for enterprise-wide analytics

Healthcare Informatics »

Insights from HIMSS17: Industry Leaders Share Their Observations and Key Takeaways

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

The HIMSS17 conference officially came to a close Thursday, and, once again, speakers, exhibitors and attendees all gathered, this time in Orlando, to discuss how health IT is enabling healthcare organizations to improve patient care and lower costs.

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Industry Insights: 5 questions with Vermont Information Technology Leaders CTO Michael Gagnon

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

In 2014, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), undertook a successful initiative to improve data exchange with industry stakeholders as well as acquire more complete and accurate patient information for quality measures reporting.

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New Tech on Tap at ASHP Midyear Meeting

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Pharmacy technology can decrease medication errors and improve pharmacy fulfillment, patient prescribing and outcomes, as well as reduce 30-day readmissions, thus helping to lower the cost of health care in the hospital.

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Reference Data Management: The Cornerstone of Reliable Analytics

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

There is a lot of discussion about “clean” data today in healthcare. Recent movements with health IT, interoperability and data exchange hold great promise in fueling the high-level analytics needed to drive performance improvement. Yet, healthcare organizations, by and large, struggle in their quest to deploy infrastructures that support complete, accurate capture of data and ongoing management of those assets.

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VirtualHealth, SUS to Share Successful Results of Improving Care and Reducing Costs of Complex Populations at the 2017 Spring Managed Care Forum

Posted in Press Releases on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

VirtualHealth, the leading provider of population health and care management technologies, announced today that one of its senior clinicians, Donna Lichti, RN, and Jayresa Sass, Behavioral Intervention Specialist of Services for the UnderServed (SUS), will present at the 2017 Spring Managed Care Forum. The presentation will highlight the extraordinary results SUS, a leading human services agency providing $185 million in services to individuals with disabilities, people living in poverty and those facing homelessness, achieved when it used the VirtualHealth platform to improve patient care and reduce costs associated with its complex populations.

VUCA Health Named One of 10 Most Promising Healthcare Communication Solution Providers for 2017

Posted in Press Releases on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

VUCA Health has been recognized by Healthcare Tech Outlook as one of the 10 Most Promising Healthcare Communication Solution Providers for 2017. Featured in a special edition of the magazine, VUCA was selected for its ability to provide technology solutions which enable more streamlined communications that are faster and use less resources, while keeping costs at a minimum.

Just Associates Celebrates 15 Years of Helping Healthcare Organizations Achieve and Maintain Data Integrity

Posted in Press Releases on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Achieving a milestone few companies ever reach, Just Associates, Inc. is celebrating its 15th year of providing industry-leading patient matching and health information data integrity and management services to healthcare organizations. Officially launched on April 23, 2002, the consulting firm has expanded from master patient index (MPI) clean-ups to comprehensive data integrity services and solutions that support delivery of quality patient care and improve financial outcomes and business processes. Its small group of MPI experts has blossomed into a team of highly experienced, credentialed professionals recognized as industry thought-leaders by both professional associations and governmental agencies.

Just Associates’ Experts to Discuss Patient Matching Challenges in California Health Information Association Webinar

Posted in Press Releases on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Just Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in patient matching and health information data integrity and management, announced today that two of its experts will discuss Master Patient Index (MPI) data integrity issues and preventive solutions during a California Health Information Association (CHIA) webinar on “Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge: Research on MPI Data Discrepancies in Key Identifying Fields.”

VUCA Health Announces Additional States to Adopt Eco-Friendly Electronic Drug Information Delivery

Posted in Press Releases on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

VUCA Health today announced that its video-based medication information solution has been favorably reviewed by state board of pharmacy executives in nine additional states. In addition to receiving medication information in an on-demand, digital and eco-friendly format, participating pharmacies will also benefit from the enhanced functionality of VUCA's MedsOnCue solution.