Tag Archives: health IT

Widening the health care data lens with social determinants and the IoT

Many people are surprised to learn that a person’s social, environmental and behavioral characteristics contribute significantly more to causes of premature death than access to health care and genetic predisposition. Just as surprising, then, should be the fact that we typically focus resources across our industry on what accounts for only a small percentage of […]
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After nearly 50 years, it’s time to retire traditional MMIS procurements

There are only 51 of them in the entire country, but their reach affects millions and their impact is profound. Cumulatively through the years, these systems have cost states billions of dollars and consumed thousands of hours of productivity. They’ve caused headaches, heartburn and sleepless nights for agency IT experts, financial executives and policy analysts […]
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AI helps health care professionals focus on the work that matters

Artificial intelligence (AI) in health care can have a high return on investment — not by taking the place of humans, but by enabling them to work at their highest level of certification. It can allow doctors to focus on patients, auditors to focus on assessing finances, and medical coders to focus on accurately reflecting […]
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Ease a transition to new tech by communicating with your whole staff

Digital technology is revolutionizing health care — but everybody who adopts it knows that it presents challenges in a clinical setting. There are learning curves with hardware and software, new habits to develop, glitches to deal with, and a whole lot more — while you’re taking care of patients under time constraints. According to Judy […]
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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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High-tech guided meditation eases burn pain

Parkland Hospital in Dallas County, Texas, is one of America’s “most wired,” as recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks® Magazine. Its careful integration of user-friendly tech extends from handy kiosks in the lobby to patient rooms with an array of digital devices that help both patients and staff. While much of the technology is focused […]
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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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3 categories of non-clinical factors lead to readmissions

Failure to follow up with a physician or follow a medication regimen can cause a recently released patient to end up right back in the hospital. But there are other, non-clinical factors that also lead to readmissions. The causes can be grouped into three main categories: Patients’ medical literacy According to the National Network of Libraries […]
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