Tag Archives: care continuum

Improving health care outcomes through patient engagement

“Anytime you have a patient that’s more engaged and involved in their care, your outcomes are better.” That’s a quote from Judy Herrington, who has 30 years’ experience in the health care field and serves as the vice president of nursing, medicine services at Parkland Hospital in Texas. Her front-line observation echoes the results of […]
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Discover how patients access care to understand need for new solutions

The need for better care coordination becomes clear when you see the results of surveys showing the number of patients taking multiple medications and visiting multiple doctors. In spring of 2016, the New York Times reported on a national survey, conducted by Harvard researchers, that found 39 percent of people over age 65 use five or more […]
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Data sharing: Putting an end to communication breakdowns

One of the buzzwords in health care reform is “interoperability.” But what’s behind the buzz? Interoperability is the ability to share data across systems and analyze and use the data. But it’s not just about sharing for sharing’s sake. The goal is to use information to create bigger, more complete data sets that can power […]
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Is a provider-led health plan a good fit? Evaluate 6 areas to find out

To drive down costs and improve care through value-based models, one must have a deep understanding of the population they serve. Health care providers have this knowledge. Their familiarity with the demographics, economics and general needs of their communities means some are well-positioned to launch their own provider-sponsored health plans (PSHP) and have a sense […]
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Tap into the “greatest intellect in the health care industry”

When a health system surveyed its physicians, it asked a question some might find more suited to MBAs than MDs. North Carolina-based Wilmington Health asked: Is the rate of change within Wilmington Health less than the rate of change in the industry? It’s a question focused on competition and market dynamics — elements of health […]
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Redefine acute care to combine fee-for-service (FFS) with care management.

Badly broken bones, appendicitis, hemorrhages and head injuries mean there will be a need for acute care hospitals no matter how the healthcare industry changes. But we need to change how we think about acute care in relation to the rest of healthcare. A traditional definition says acute care is the opposite of chronic or long-term care. […]
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