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  • 4 tips for turning Luddites into champions for your new EPR

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 23, 2017

    Change is hard. And for people who find it especially difficult to accept advancements in technology (Luddites), the transition to an electronic patient record (EPR) can be a painful experience. But solid clinical engagement strategies can turn the most vocal opponents into your organisation’s strongest advocates. These approaches will prove helpful from the earliest stages of EPR procurement through configuration, deployment and adoption. Read more…

  • Interoperability: Bringing narrative data back to the forefront

    George Cole
    March 21, 2017

    When will we be able to move to systems of cognitive understanding and the exchange of full narrative and so-called unstructured data? I believe that we are on the cusp of that time, and that there is good reason to place more and more emphasis on the narrative aspects of health care. Read more…

  • First, do no harm: How one hospital is eliminating patient harm

    Geoff Caplea MD
    March 16, 2017

    In health care, our promise is to "first, do no harm." Since Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report about medical errors in 1999, significant focus has been placed on safety throughout the healthcare system not to simply reduce harm, but to eliminate it altogether. Featured in a new case study, Washington Health System (Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) has decreased its total patient harm by 25% over the past six years by monitoring harm and implementing process improvements to eliminate it. Read more…

  • What’s happening with FHIR®? 2

    Jeff Danford
    March 15, 2017

    Since we posted our beginner’s guide to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) more than a year ago, we’ve seen a lot of change with this standard for health data exchange. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers. Read more…

  • The self-perpetuating problem of bed blocking

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 07, 2017

    As soon as they are clinically ready to leave the hospital, patients start counting the minutes until their discharge. But can you imagine waiting days, months or even years? One UK report shows that some patients wait longer than a year; one patient stayed in hospital for an astonishing 508 days after being fit for discharge. This phenomenon is known as “bed blocking” – a term used to describe when patients stay in the hospital for a non-medical reason. Read more…

  • Why behavioral health experts are turning to precision medicine

    Joel Diamond MD
    March 02, 2017

    As physicians, we want to offer the best possible care plan for every patient, every time. We want tools that help us incorporate the many factors that affect each individual. This is where precision medicine comes in. Oncology is one discipline that is already using genomics extensively, and there is now a burgeoning use in other areas, including a significant interest in pharmacogenomics to improve care for behavioral health patients. Read more…

  • Top 3 headlines from HIMSS 2017

    Ann Marie Beasley
    February 28, 2017

    HIMSS 2017, the largest industry event in the U.S., drew more than 42,000 healthcare IT professionals to Orlando, Florida, last week. After hundreds of conversations with clients, partners and colleagues, we’re even more energized to achieve our vision of building open, connected communities of health. Of the many phenomenal insights and events during the week, there are three major highlights that bear repeating. Read more…

  • 6 healthcare IT innovations in the UK

    Rachel Dunscombe
    February 22, 2017

    Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) has always been on a mission to become the safest NHS organisation in England. In a fast-paced industry like health care, the only way to succeed is to continuously innovate. As part of Allscripts connected community of health, I’d like to share some of the initiatives we’re launching or exploring in the UK: Read more…

  • The precision medicine learning curve

    Joel Diamond MD
    February 20, 2017

    The concept of applying genomics and precision medicine is gaining momentum. Physicians are enthusiastic about the potential of personalized care plans to improve patient outcomes. But several questions remain for physicians who must put precision medicine into practice, including these. Read more…

  • Mobile apps are engaging patients in new ways

    Tina Joros
    February 16, 2017

    Can you imagine what it must have been like working on the initial launch of Apple’s App Store? I think we all want to make an impact like that. For those of us in the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP), we’re one part of an overall transformation throughout the healthcare industry that’s changing the way people think about health data, its accessibility, and its potential to fundamentally improve how people live. Read more…

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