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Clinical Informatics: Data in Action

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

If there is one emerging pattern within the clinical informatics field, it is the quest to make data "actionable" for users. With all the technology infrastructure development over the past decade to facilitate electronic health record installation in healthcare facilities, providers are finding that the data generated often can't be used in a timely and constructive manner.

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Achieving Healthcare’s Triple Aim with Remote Monitoring

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, June 04, 2014.

Enhancing care experience and outcomes, improving population health and reducing costs is healthcare’s “Triple Aim,” a concept introduced by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to help navigate a shift in focus from “health care” to “health optimization.” When it comes to achieving these laudable objectives, anecdotal experiences and data emerging from several pilot programs led by senior living providers and Medicare managed care organizations suggest that remote monitoring technology has a crucial role to play.

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The Quest for Alert Balance at the Point of Care

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, June 02, 2014.

National regulatory initiatives such as Meaningful Use, Value-based Purchasing and the accountable care movement are working in tandem to raise the bar on adoption and integration of evidenced-based practices across all clinical care settings. Higher performance expectations mean that healthcare organizations must deploy strategies to standardize care delivery by providing more robust clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care.

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The Right Prescription for Effective Population Health Management, Improved Outcomes

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, May 19, 2014.

As the healthcare industry unwraps the next phase of population health management (PHM), providers are increasingly embracing its promise to drive success with healthcare’s triple aim of improving population health, enhancing patient experiences and reducing costs. It’s a 180-degree shift in thinking for many providers who have been conditioned to long-standing fee-for-service models, one that will require a coordinated care effort and an advanced technological infrastructure to support decision-making based on the latest industry evidence.

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Patient Identification in an HIE Environment — Where Everyone Doesn’t Necessarily Know Your Name

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, May 19, 2014.

If you think maintaining an accurate record of who’s who across one facility is difficult, try doing it across multiple organizations.

With the Affordable Care Act granting more Americans access to health care, the demand for better patient identity technologies continues to climb. The combination of additional patients and the growth of data-sharing health information exchanges (HIEs) may lead to serious patient identification problems, including duplicate records, overlays, and other inaccuracies. Hospitals with lax processes or that fail to employ strong patient-matching algorithms can potentially tarnish data flowing through HIEs. Bad data easily can spread as information travels across different facilities and organizations.

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What Sepsis Numbers Do and Don’t Tell Us

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Sepsis data are talking, but should the health care industry be listening?

Big Data has become a big commodity in the health care industry. The government, payers, researchers, providers, and even patients are interested in what data are trying to tell us about the quality of care provided. EHRs have allowed the complicated manipulation of these data, yet there continues to be limitations on the conclusions that can be drawn.

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Proof of Presence to Eliminate Billing Fraud from Home Health Market

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, May 19, 2014.

A senior population that is the fastest growing sector in the U.S. has created a booming home health industry, one that is expected to reach a value of $150.8 billion by 2018. That rapid growth has also given rise to another highly lucrative industry: reimbursement fraud.

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Healthcare's Growing Data Opportunity

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

The paradigm shift currently occurring in the healthcare industry is unprecedented. Longstanding fee-for-service care delivery models are rapidly evolving to a value-based system that rewards providers based on outcomes performance and cost-efficient care.

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Challenges to Expedite EHR Adoption

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, April 21, 2014.

A significant paradigm shift is underway in healthcare as new quality-driven care delivery models demand the support of advanced technological infrastructures and professionals try to keep pace with a rapidly evolving health IT landscape. As the industry turns towards Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) attestation with greater urgency and anticipates the coming expectations of Stage 3 and beyond, strategies for increasing EHR adoption rates within the physician community are paramount.

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Optimizing Patient Education Strategies: Deploying initiatives to improve HCAPHS scores, reduce readmissions

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Patient-centered care that actively employs strategies to engage patients and family members in the delivery of their healthcare is a foundational component to current industry movements. Going forward, healthcare organizations that deploy consistent and effective patient education programs to align with these movements will experience the greatest success with national initiatives such as Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

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Raising the Bar on USP 797 Compliance: Building Stronger Staff Competencies Through Automation, Education and Accountability

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

The introduction of the United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> regulation in 2008 sent and continues to send shock waves through hospital pharmacy departments and other sterile drug preparation settings.

Compounding practices that had been ingrained in the pharmaceutical industry for decades were simply turned upside down, and many pharmacies today remain challenged in their pursuit to successfully comply.

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The Best Opportunities for Quality Improvement Projects in Gastroenterology

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Improving care and lowering costs in the medical field are of the utmost importance. "Quality improvement initiatives are essential in every aspect of healthcare delivery because we will never be as good as we can be without additional monitoring and improvement of performance," says Thomas Deas, Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE, of Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth.

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Armed to Respond: Leveraging Patient Data To Respond To A Public Health Crisis

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, March 28, 2014.

The movement towards a heightened focus on quality, outcomes and cost requires that healthcare organizations make the best use of data that is available to them. Advancement of health IT in the form EHRs has been an important first step in the health IT movement to accurately capture and house patient data. The next step is to extract important patient information in real-time such that it can be used to impact care delivery in a positive way.

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HIMSS attendees share their dreams for an ideal meaningful use update

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

This is the second part of a two-part installment of "HIT Happens," a regular opinion column tackling health IT trends. The first part, where we asked HIMSS attendees to explain what they'd do if given the chance to create the next meaningful use update, can be found here. Part two reveals more responses to the same scenario.

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Remote monitoring matures beyond “cool” status

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, March 17, 2014.

From a recent flurry of high-profile acquisitions to publication of studies examining the clinical and financial potential, signs point to the maturation of the remote monitoring technology market from “cool gadgets” to “key player.” It is an often-underestimated market segment that has quietly gone about establishing the value of commercially rugged and widely available technologies and their potential to address significant macro-economic problems in aging services.

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